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Developing Resilience as a Stroke Survivor

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When you received difficult news about your stroke recovery, did you “overcome it” or “go to pieces?” After I had my stroke, I felt like a stranger in my own body and was frustrated with the deficits it left behind such as short-term memory loss, weakness on my right side, and cognitive issues.

I went to rehab for almost a year to improve my strength and stamina. It helped a great deal, and I was able to take over the normal activities at home so my husband didn’t have to anymore.

Recently, I started falling to the point where I needed stitches in both legs. I fell five times within a four-month period, so I’m now required to use a walker or cane to remain stabilized on my feet.

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