Survivor Dirk Vlieks had completed more than 40 triathlons as he stood at the starting line of the Honu Half-Ironman on June 3, 2006. A stroke in the brain stem would prevent him from finishing that day. But it didn’t prevent him from doing everything he could to try again.
Stroke never only impacts the survivor, it touches all who care for them. Survivor Delanie Stephenson pens a touching letter of apology to her daughter, Katie, for all the ways Mom’s stroke changed their lives.
Survivor Denice DeAntonio didn’t think she was artistic and thought her stroke had left her too visually impaired to paint. Now she finds herself enjoying trips to the store for art supplies and gathering friends for painting parties.
Comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie imagines his morning routine as a series of Olympic events. Color commentator included.
I have been a caregiver most of my adult life, both professionally and personally. Not only am I the mother of two adult children, I worked in health care as a nurse for over 20 years. On December 6, 2008, I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. After that fateful day, I was no longer the caregiver.
After a massive stroke due to four ruptured aneurysms, Beth has never given up and never will.
Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie vents about unsolicited advice, opinions and comments strangers off about his disability.
Stroke often changes a survivor’s ability to do things that are important to them, and the loss of what you personally, dearly valued in yourself can be very challenging. Survivor Rachel Scanlon Henry shares how her own process might’ve been better supported if she’d been conscious of the stages of grieving as she experienced them.
Our lives today are not at all what we expected prior to the event. They are different, but in so many ways, better than what we expected. Each day is filled with the joy and peace of knowing that although we did not choose this path, we did make a conscious choice to do it well.
Recently, survivor David Layton and his wife Charlotte found an alternate meaning for the phrase “single handed living.”
Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie, writes a fan letter to his stroke as the 20-year anniversary of its arrival grows near.
Many people lose their emotional balance when overwhelmed with fear, pain, sorrow, anger, even joy! Writing can be a way of straightening out emotional knots, a way of achieving balance in our lives so that a sense of well-being emerges.