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Stroke Survivor - female
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About smarshall
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  • Birthday 01/23/1960
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  1. smarshall

    Hi Becky, I stay away from milk, butter, and red meat, and like you wrote, fried foods, fast food, etc. (Once in a while I'll indulge just to keep it interesting!)
  2. smarshall

    Hi Tracy, I had horrible side-effects, (Not neurological or cognitive) and had to stop it altogether. I'm watching my diet, and have cut-out a few foods; my primary is pleased with my numbers - so it's all good!
  3. smarshall

    My dominant side is about 60%, (mobility), and my other side has sensory deficits. It's an interesting life!
  4. smarshall

    Anyone who hasn't either had a stroke, TBI, - whatever - can't truly understand. The same goes for any illness, etc., etc., etc. It took me a while to "get" that. I still have times when I need to "educate" someone on my physical, and/or emotional limitations; thankfully those times have become less and less.
  5. smarshall

    I knew I wasn't alone with my smell sensitivity, and I had no idea how many survivors experience it!
  6. smarshall

    Hi Scott, As with anything, CBD works for some, but not all. My Mom loves it - it doesn't do a thing for me. I hope you find relief!
  7. smarshall

    Hi Nicole, Same thing has been happening to me since day one! I read an outstanding explanation for it years ago, but of course can't find it now. I do remember that it has something to do with Ataxia effecting the eyes. (I believe the old website I read it from was 'wemove.org')
  8. Due to my facial paralysis I've only been able to chew on my left side. It seems I have developed TMD on that side, and it hurts to chew. My dentist has recommended soft foods, a night guard, ice pack, etc., etc. I guess filling up on soft sides will be it for me today. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
  9. smarshall

    Hi, Nicole! WELCOME! This is a great site to visit for friendship, information, venting, etc. Lots of people here who understand!
  10. smarshall

    It IS hard to explain the feeling to someone who hasn't experienced it. I hope you find relief!
  11. smarshall

    Hi Peter, Welcome! (What Janelle wrote!)
  12. smarshall

    Hi Pete, Welcome! I volunteered on this site, twice, until my eyesight started turning crappy. It helped with my feelings of isolation - a lot! (I lived in the boonies, and couldn't drive anymore) I now live a lot closer to the city, (All 10K of us) and qualify for different state programs - one I use quite a bit is getting rides to appointments, etc. I'm also in a recovery group, and the interaction with others makes a huge difference. When I am by myself in the house It doesn't feel bad anymore. I have a medical alert which I wear around my neck all the time; I chat with people online or on the phone, so it is better then it was.. There are great chats here every day; check out the chat schedule!
  13. smarshall

    Welcome, Mark159, My levels change all the time. I've learned over time that when it's in the 60's and muggy, it's terrible! Aside from that, (for me) there's no rhyme or reason to it.
  14. smarshall

    Me too, Tracy, Fatigue, anxiety, etc., all take their toll! I find I do my best when I take my time. (My having to slow down has taken a few months; hearing, "I didn't get that at all." on more than one occasion spurred me on.)
  15. smarshall

    It IS scary! I've always been told, "The area..." I've not heard the word "lesion", but who knows? One thing I've noticed in my last few MRI and CT reports, is that my brain is shrinking; albeit slowly, and not one of my MD's has ever mentioned it. (I always forget to ask.) I have noticed my memory has gotten worse despite utilizing sites like "Lumosity" - that's scary too!