This Blog is about a journey that I have been on for 4 1/2 years after a life-changing event – a right hemiplegic stroke on the left side of my brain, resulting in paralysis of my right side. It has been a journey of pain and heartache, anger and frustration, hard work and “yes” love and laughter, joyfulness, creativity and the joy of learning and actively involved in life. A road full of curves, right and left turns, a few u-turns; but always returning me to the road that is moving forward. I am on this journey with my daughters and my husband, who has been with me every step of the way. And friends, especially a friend in Vienna, Austria. (The miracle of Skype.)
I hope you will find this journey interesting, perhaps helpful, and may want to join this journey for a few miles and share your experiences. We can learn from one another or simply be a sounding board for each other. I know there are many people out there that have had strokes and other debilitating diseases/conditions and experiencing many of the same emotions, sense of loss over a fully functioning body, the loss of an active lifestyle, and not be able to do all the things you used to do or want to do in the future.
I had my stroke at 75. I am now 79. I have come from total paralysis on my right side, being told I would never walk again and would be confined to a wheelchair, being an emotional mess, crying frequently and feeling hopeless – to walking (more like taking steps) with a hemi-walker, going out with my husband, daughters, or friends for dinner, lunch, coffee, a movie, live music events, and the theater. I’m in my wheelchair about 50% or less some days. I’m involved in my art, gardening, and my coffee/book club group. I have my off days and still having a good cry at times. I still have days of frustration and feeling sad. But most days are good and I am fully participating in life. I want to chronicle this journey in this blog. Please join me.