Stories From Our Community
Stroke affects both the survivor and their families. Below, are some accounts from our members describing their experiences. The WSC encourages you to send in your personal stories in the hope that other readers will be strengthened by them.
You can also share your stories and provide support through the WSC Social Network.
September 24, 2013
I am 44 years old. A year and 1/2 ago I had a neck adjustment that resulted in a VAD (artery tear), and thus a stroke. I was hospitalized for a week. It affected my face (weak eyelid) and I permanently lost some of my hearing in one ear. I recovered quite nicely. I thought that was the end of the story, but a few months ago, it happened again. I had been playing tennis (lots of serving) and kayaking (I twisted my neck around). Another stroke! This time, my left side was affected. I could not lift my arm or open my hand! I walked with a walker. I was hospitalized and went to rehab.
September 21, 2013
I'm a mother of a young stroke survivor, Mario, and we described our story here: hope it could help other people.
Thanks for sharing and #fightthestroke
An excerpt from "my experiences in stroke recovery" (a summary for Facebook posting)
I had a stroke attack in Bangalore in July 2012. I had not turned 60 when I suddenly got three clots in my right brain stem. This led to hemiplegia of the left side. My leg and arm lay paralysed. i specially want to talk to facebook readers about the recovery process. While neurologists handle the medical recovery , the physical recovery needs a very close "jugalbandhi"- (synergy) between the physio therapist and the patient. I was able to walk in about two and a half weeks, climb stairs, re gain my basic life skills---- bathing, grooming etc. this was possible because I was lucky to have a very proactive therapist who went out of his way to guide me. As soon as I re gained a motor skill, I practiced it step by step. Stair climbing and stair descent was a frightening proposition initially. It is best to re gain this skill one step at a time--- my therapist was very humorous------ "good leg to heaven" he used to say for climbing up, and "bad leg to hell" for climbing down. Humor goes a long way in interactive therapy. The patient and the therapist will do better when they bond.
The Stroke Recovery Association of BC (SRABC) is a Canadian non-profit organization. We have been offering information and programs for stroke survivors, after they leave hospital since 1979. Our message remains the same: Never give up hope and never stop trying. We have seen with our own eyes that being determined to get better makes a big difference. You may never fully recover but you can keep on improving. There are resources on our website at www.strokerecoverybc.ca
Over the last 4 years I have worked in the UK for a Domecilliary Care company and one of the things I was responsible for is the rehabilitation of stroke survivors. This was very fulfilling and rewarding as it really helped people get back their independence and live with dignity after suffering a stroke and having to begin the process of recovery.
This made me realise that people back home in South Africa didn't have as such and wider reaching support as in Europe. My grandfather died from a stroke and that is the most vivid memory I have of him. Despite his disability he used to carry me on one hand and take long walks in the dusty streets of Qwaqwa, South Africa. He didn't want to be cocooned in the house and feeling sorry for himself. But to some people in the community he was an outcast, to me he was my hero.