He stood 6 feet 6 inches tall but was a gentle man. He came from Ireland in the 1940’s yet he fought for the United States during the war. He married and had ten children. He worked hard, ten to fourteen hours a day to feed his family and to put his children through school and college. Yet, he never complained “No one would listen anyway” he would say. “You do what you have to do and that’s all you can do” was his favorite expression. He was married over sixty years to a woman with a heart of gold and the strength to bring up their ten children together. Through the years he worked long hours and he and his wife watched his children grow and marry. Their home was filled with happiness and love. Suddenly it all came to a stop – the gentle giant had a massive stroke on his left side. Therapy was extensive and gave him hope. When another stroke survivor called him, his response was ‘welcome to the club girl and don’t let it get you down just work hard and never give up.’ As the years passed he became weaker. We lost the gentle, hard working father and friend this week after a nine-year struggle with his stroke. He was 93 years old and fought everyday to salvage his body from his stroke.
‘ just work hard and never give up.’
I am doing research for my radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11AM and thought I should share it with you. According to the CDC and prestigious hospitals 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. On average one person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and THE leading cause of adult disability. According to researchers 25% to 40% develop some form of aphasia. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel ruptures, causing brain tissue.
Time is of the essence, there is only a 3 hour time span to receive medication such as a TPA, to someone suffering from a stroke. Every second you wait for treatment the more brain cells die inflicting more disability. Remember the signs are sudden and debilitating. Sign of a stroke are:
> One side of the face drooping or feeling numb
> Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
> Slurred speech or difficult to understand
> Sudden confusion
> Sudden loss of balance or coordination
> Sudden severe headache
When you see notice any of these symptoms — write the time of the onset the these symptoms and all 911 immediately, even if they go away after a few minutes, and tell the dispatcher the person is having a stroke. If the symptoms dissipate within a few minutes the person needs to be checked for a TIA or mini-stroke or warning of a stroke within several months. Preventative medicines after the TIA can be ordered to reduce the chance of a major stroke,
Stay healthy, Stay safe and Take care.
Life has been interesting. I was entering my doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment in February, as I entered the building I had a CVA (stroke) along with fracturing my left shoulder, two fractures in my upper and lower arm and a broken wrist, The left side of my face was a mess. After 25 days in The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation Center and at home rehabilitation I am doing well. The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation is wonderful. Good news is that I am returning to doing presentation.
I am so excited and happy – As of Thursday, September 25, I will be hosting a radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11am EST. “Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power.” The show will discuss; stroke prevention, strokes, aphasia, special education, family reactions, what to expect and coping skills. Also caregiving and the nocuous effects of stress. Please call in with any questions or comments you any have 1-877-864-4869 I would love to hear from you – our discussion could help others.
My speaking engagements include: Lowell General Hospital Stroke Support Group Dinner, Lowell, MA on Thursday Oct.2 at 6pm. Other speaking engagements are in the works – just working out the dates and time.
“Finding My Voice With Aphasia” is doing well and the reviews have been pretty good. Thank you.
Have a great day, stay healthy and stay safe!
Today I received a card from a friend from Maine. She and husband are great people and were curious why I moved my hand when I spoke. I explained it was a coping skill for my Aphasia. They were fascinated and I gave them a copy of my book. It was in July and we were heading home the same day. The next morning we had breakfast together and she read the book that night. She loved it. We have not spoken since July but yesterday I received a card from her. Her brother-in-law suffered a massive stoke damaging the left side of his brain. His family was devastated. She shared my book with her family and it eased their minds and gave them an idea what the stroke victim was feeling and what to expect. “It was so helpful, to have a first hand account of just how you were feeling as it occurred and the days and months following. Thank you so much for giving the world this book.”
“Thank you for your book.”
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