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.
Parenting gets complicated when the parent also has to manage the dynamics of stroke recovery. Juggling the calendar of family activities with personal medical appointments is just the beginning.
I write this not for pity, but to give you some insight into what I wrestle with and hopefully so you can get to know me a little better. I was 43, in the prime of life or just the beginning, some would say.
Serious events like a daughter’s stroke and father’s heart attack aren’t typically considered blessings, but for Denice DeAntonio, a beautiful blessing emerged from those two frightening experiences.
Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie, tries his hand at an advice-column – sort of.
Respite means a short break. It’s a word with tremendous meaning for family caregivers. Though there is still work to do, in recent years, strides have been made to better support the need for respite for family caregivers.
The good folks here at Stroke Connection offer support and guidance through every step of your recovery. My column offers none whatsoever, but I think it might be time for a change. So let’s begin with that first exciting morning home and what you can expect.
Survivor, Quenby Schuyler, had never been a particularly grateful type of person. After her stroke, her take on gratitude changed.
Of course I knew how to swim, but what could I do now with one arm and one functioning leg?
Something arrived from Social Security: “This is to inform you that we no longer consider you Disabled. As of now you are officially just Old. Your benefits will be decreased accordingly.” Seriously?
“Your child has had a stroke.” Those words are hard to fathom — and just the beginning of a long road to recovery. It requires entire families to adjust to many challenges — and not just those faced by their child.
Young women who experience stroke are uniquely challenged by motherhood. Some may choose not to bear children. But depending on the cause of the stroke and its effects, there may be no barriers to successful conception, pregnancy and delivery.