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ksmith

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About ksmith

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    Stroke Support Coordinator
  • Birthday 04/26/1974

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  • Stroke Network Email
    Yes
  • AIM
    gatorgirlsj@gmail.com

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  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
    02-24-2009
  • Facebook URL
    http://www.facebook.com/gatorgirlsj
  • Interests
    Mother of two great boys!!
    A Mimi to Ryder ❤️
    supportive family
    I enjoy life!!
    appreciate every moment
    Don't take myself seriously
    Enjoy talking to others
    Facebook Moderator
    I AM A SURVIVOR!!!!!!!
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    Kelli
  • State
    New Jersey
  • Country
    United States

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  1. ksmith

    (( On Friday evenings, please go to the coffee shop room. Top option on chat room window)) There has been some confusion regarding which chat rooms There are three (3) chat rooms in our chat area (1. # Social ( coffee shop) (2. # caregiver (3. #Stroke Survivor #2 Back in the days of Host Denny, Friday evenings were designated as a social occasion in a 'coffee shop' This chat is open to all members ( Survivors, caregivers, family, etc ) Stroke Survivor room # 2 is primarily for survivors Caregivers- All of the caregivers and family Monday-Friday afternoons (3-4pm Est) Stroke Support #2 Monday & Wednesday evening 8-9 pm Est) Stroke support #2 Tuesday evening ( 8-9pm Est) Caregiver Friday evening (8-9 pm Est) Social coffee shop
  2. ksmith

    A mothers job is never done and worrying shows how much of a good parent you are 🙂
  3. ksmith

    There has been some confusion regarding which chat rooms There are three (3) chat rooms in our chat area (1. # Social ( coffee shop) (2. # caregiver (3. #Stroke Survivor #2 Back in the days of Host Denny, Friday evenings were designated as a social occasion in a 'coffee shop' This chat is open to all members ( Survivors, caregivers, family, etc ) Stroke Survivor room # 2 is primarily for survivors Caregivers- All of the caregivers and family Monday-Friday afternoons (3-4pm Est) Stroke Support #2 Monday & Wednesday evening 8-9 pm Est) Stroke support #2 Tuesday evening ( 8-9pm Est) Caregiver Friday evening (8-9 pm Est) Social coffee shop The only difference for Friday is it's open to everyone who wants to come. There is only one (1) caregiver chat so this opens up the availability for another chat. Yes, there are more chats for survivors. Our website was made for survivors and designed by a survivor. This is not to prevent caregivers or family from joining our chats but to give and show support to others who stroke has struck and feel like they have no else to turn to for support. I hope this helps and if there are still questions, please contact me ksmith@strokenetwork.org
  4. Chris, you have verbally stated what so many people think I respect the honesty and , speaking from a survivor, many of your thoughts are what I thought about my husband ( now ex but not entirely stroke related) I felt horrible for him to have to deal with me. It took a while for me to gain some of me back. There is a balance we have to make and you are grieving your loss and that's normal. http://www.strokeboard.net/index.php?/topic/857-the-five-stages-of-grief/ Grief can come in all different times and stages.. there is no order
  5. ksmith

    I had shakes in the beginning of my recovery.. One thing I did was take either sand or rice In a bowl and put small objects in there, randomly, and try to find them. Digging
  6. ksmith

    cray right. My issue is I'll see you ,say, walk into a room. I'll start something , even seconds later, and when you walk in or come into my eye sight, I'll scream
  7. I was reading the comments regarding stroke recovery and someone mentioned that she had a brain stem stroke and her boyfriend accuses her of being a bad 'backseat' driver for she gets so nervous. That got me thinking of how easily I'm often scared. I never, after 10+ years ever thought that I have damage to my startle reflex...
  8. Hi Jim. Welcome to this site. You’re right there are a lot of emotions that you are going through. This is very normal, rest assure. Remember, you’re not alone in this fight
  9. ksmith

    I would. It is also a celebration for you for all you've done. Many people don't see celebrating their stroke anniversary but I do.. I wear a tiara on that day.
  10. It is a pleasure to meet you. Yes, this 'club' isn't sought after but the members here are wonderful. Reading Deigh and Becky words are very true. Don't think like you've plateaued for every day your body and brain are healing. True, you may not see all the healing but it is happening and that is frustrating for sure,
  11. I know routines work with some people unfortunately it doesn't work with me. Everyday brings a new level of energy or comprehension of what I will or can do that day. I can be fully invested to do something today and when I wake up the next day... I can barely get put of bed or have enough energy to get dressed. I'm often told I have depression or just try harder and you'll feel better.. No... sadly when you have cerebellum issues ( controls movement, balance and muscle tone) it makes it hard to plan anything. I choose to mostly stay at home for I can't last long , if at all. Thankfully my family understands. This is why my father said I have to live close by.. days I need to go anywhere.. they will drive me. ( their choice and I'm grateful)
  12. ksmith

    Benni, I'm so happy you are doing well. 💖
  13. ksmith

    I lost count after 3 lol
  14. I feel the same way or people try to find a similar situation to better try to show they understand. i know they are trying to but when they do, now, I just smile and think ok, you just want to one up me or you’re a butthead. Lol
  15. I totally understand that. Every woman ,in my family, who has had to deal with death is a nurse. My Aunt who lost her son to cancer was an oncology nurse( cancer). I deal with death differently from being a hospice nurse. It’s sad but I deal with it by seeing how the deceased will not be ill/pain/suffering more than how everyone else lost a loved one. I hope that makes sense. I often tell people that I hope they don’t see me as cold or callus. After my stroke, empathy is difficult for me
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