This blog is about a life journey that includes learning, growth, love, challenges, creativity, and happiness. Really isn’t much different from pre-stroke.
EXCEPT the roads to this life are now wrought with unbelievable obstacles, sinkholes not potholes, constant detours, daily flat tires, and tons of backtracking.
Ok – maybe the journey is more than just a tad bit different.
This blog is about:
- Regaining control over a life destroyed by a cataclysmic event – a massive stroke
- Rebirth – The stroke was earth-shattering and destroyed 90% of who I thought I was
- Discovering who I can be by redefining who I am, while learning to live with and adjusting to the many deficits the Damn Stroke gave me
- Being extremely Proactive, stroke recovery is a self-service affair
- Hope & Belief
Bottom line, this blog is about finding and using the resources necessary to overcome our obstacles and create a life worth living.
For those of you who were looking for the typical about page info; here you go
- In a split second on October 7, 2012, my entire world was turned upside down and inside out. I had a massive thalamic hemorrhagic stroke – right side of brain, left side deficits.
- I’m wheelchair bound; I have something hanging from my left shoulder that kind of resembles an arm; and I have Central Pain Syndrome.
- I was 46 then, I’m 49 now.
- People you’ll most likely hear about often:
- Danny(21) & Tommy(17) – my amazing boys
- Freddy – my big-hearted significant other of 12 years
- Barry – my wonderful brother in Seattle
- Randi – my awesome sister
- Ryan – my great brother-in-law
- Neave (10) & Maclaine (6) – my adorable nieces
- Patty & Louie – my unbelievably incredible neighbors
- Bones – The World’s Greatest Black Lab
- Rascal, Gypsy, and Sammy – my 3 cats
- Survivor is my middle name. I developed a pretty matter of fact approach to life’s obstacles at a very young age. My typical coping method (after I meltdown, of course):
This is where I am.
This is what I have.
What are my options – What can I do next to move forward?
I have to admit that the magnitude of this Damn Stroke has been greater than I could have ever imagined in my most horrific nightmares. Being proactive is a daily (well, hourly) challenge. It’s way easier to be completely reactive; stuck in doom and gloom.
- Oh, I almost forgot – I tend to ramble – sorry.
Why I’m Blogging
1. It gives me a place to store and share the information I discover and use to create a new life.
2. I love to learn. The stroke totally slowed me down. It took away my ability and even desire to learn new things. Creating this blog has sparked my desire and is enough of a challenge to satisfy me without causing too much frustration.
3. It’s hard to remember successes sometimes. This record of all the challenges that I have and will overcome will be motivational on the days when I feel like all I do is attempt to swim upstream, never advancing.
4. After the medical community keeps you alive and barely gets you functioning, they throw you into the middle of the ocean, alone without a life jacket. Reading stroke survivor blogs has helped me deal with and learn about stroke. They are one of the many resources that kept me afloat!
With every person and stroke being different, I don’t think there can ever be too many stroke blogs. Each person’s approach, experiences, and outlook is different. I have taken something away from each post I’ve read.
It is my hope that my dead-ends and wrong turns as well as my successfully navigated detours will help you feel more understood, less alone and maybe just slightly motivated to continue on your journey with hope for a better tomorrow.
I want to help you stay afloat.
Now that you know a bit about me, it’s your turn.
Let’s get to know each other. Say hello and tell me something about yourself.