Stroke Survivor - female
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About smarshall

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  • Birthday 01/23/1960

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  1. Offending people was certainly not my intent. Misinformation is misinformation.
  2. I went to a stroke support group for a while after I got out of rehab, and one of our guest speakers spoke about equine therapy, (riding horses) and if/when the survivor was ready, to consider the Special Olympics. Most of us were initially shocked; she spoke about the games not being only for the mentally challenged. It's unfortunate that that's what most people think of because that part of it makes the news; there's really so much more.
  3. Hi Mark, Let me add my 2¢ and welcome you to an outstanding site; please make yourself at home!
  4. Well put! Each of us in our own time.
  5. Yup, the words 'Clinically Proven' make me cringe.
  6. Try to see if it works for you. I have a HUGE fear of falling still; I tend to be very deliberate and careful now. (Unfortunately that fear didn't go away for me as I fell once, and ended up getting three surgeries.)
  7. Benni, that's quite the dilemma. Having the use of one hand leads me to think Scott's reply makes sense; am I correct that it's your land? Maybe a practice run or two would help alleviate some of the stress. Fear of falling, fear of looking foolish, etc., has had me sit out and not partake in quite a few things. I'm getting braver now, and really don't give a rats a** what people may think. (As long as personal safety isn't an issue, I go 4 it!) In the end ----> DO WHAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU!
  8. Whatever happened to do the right thing? Kelli's right - that IS shameful!
  9. Having Difficulty

    I'm having a rough, emotional morning. A close friend of the family recently had a cardiac event that hospitalized him, and after having an MRI, it was determined that there was evidence of two old strokes. I haven't spoken to him directly, he hasn't any paralysis, and have learned that he seems very confused, can't drive, and his brother couldn't understand him while talking with him on the phone. Apparently he's seeing his PMD this Friday. I realize that he and his wife are taking care of it in their own way, and that's the way it is, but I'm really scared for him. I think it stems from my own experience; at the same time my level of emotional response seems (to me) inappropriate. Brain short-circuit?
  10. Over a 20 year period, this has only happened a handful of times, yet is ALWAYS embarrassing. I respond to something funny way too loud; usually it's a brief "Ha!" (But LOUD) I've been admonished by an embarrassed family member, and need to know if this could be a form of emotional lability? Thanks,
  11. Hi Kelli, I (tried) reading the link, and can't seem to process the information. When you do find out more about NLP, I'd love it if you could explain it in a different, possibly easier way? Thanks!
  12. Welcome! Like Becky wrote, stroke fatigue is awful! I'm 21+ years post, and I have learned, (for me) that I have to get things done soon after I get up; when my energy's gone - it's gone. I read the following, which explains it well: Wishing you well,