Prince Edward Island Stroke Recovery is the story of struggle to regain as many physical and mental abilities as possible that were taken away (at the blink of an eye) by that diabolical and catastrophic event called Stroke.
This journey is a search and application of puzzle pieces that can bring about acceptance of loss and the hope for building a new normal and getting on with the rest of your life after a stroke...
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Stroke Victim? Survivor, Triumphant or STROKE WARRIOR!!!
Gary center - Receiving recognition as a Provincial Library volunteer
Maybe I was a stroke victim and maybe I never was. There was a period of about six weeks post stroke when I couldn't walk. In fact, for part of that time I was bed-fast and in a coma. I never lost the will to recover and with the much appreciated help and support of friends, family and health care professionals I was able to stand and then walk short distances before I left rehab. Determined to walk I established a personal routine of walking while at the same time learning to work within the confines of severe fatigue, balance issues and Left side deficit. Now, almost 12 years post stroke I still struggle with fatigue, noticeable balance issues and Left side deficit but I maintain a regular routine of walking as part of my recovery. I have never considered myself a victim but rather a survivor or as some have termed it "Stroke Triumphant": "STROKE WARRIOR". Three keys to recovery are to maintain a positive attitude, set attainable goals and work at it every day. Also, a forth very important key is - NEVER, EVER GIVE UP!!!