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Jayallen

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About Jayallen

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  • Birthday 09/20/1961

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  • Stroke Anniversary (first stroke)
    11-12-2013
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    Jay
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    Michigan
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  1. Jayallen

    I must agree, ask your neurologist both questions is it necessary? and what is he looking for?
  2. 5 years ago, today. My life. my world changed in the blink of an eye. With an aneurism (intra cranial hemorrhagic stroke, a brain bleed) and mild stroke. It took awhile but I joined the network. The connection made have helped me so much, offering hope, inspiration and comfort during challenging times. It is wonderful to share hopes dreams and concerns with others who truly “get it”. Thank you, we need to look after each other as we continue our individual journeys. Be well, stay strong, Jay Allen
  3. Jayallen

    Hi Mark, welcome to the exclusive club nobody wants to join Glad your stroke was mild. The way I look at it is; mild, moderate or severe. How can anyone tell us the specific level? I had a stroke and my life changed in that instance. I suggest you discuss with your physician about the numbness concerns and if you should have therapy. Whatever decision you make will be the right one. It must be because it's the decision you made. Visit often, this group has helped me so much. Share your victories boo matter how small they may seem . We love to share Victories With fellow survuvirs Tomorrow is my fifth anniversary. So I intend to celebrate. Be well, stay strong. Recovery mat not be easy or fast. But hard work and determination there can be continued improvments. Jay Allen
  4. Jayallen

    Once again being tough is a benefit. Glad it went well. Praying for continued success. Jay
  5. Jayallen

    Welcome to the most exclusive club, nobody wants to join. but here we are. My stroke was on 11-12-13, approaching my 5th anniversary. I tried to return to work and failed miserably. I wallowed in self pity for awhile, praying someone would stop by just so I could talk to someone. I finally realized I needed to take control ( right how much control do we have as a stroke survivor.) I needed a new routine, since I was no longer working. I figured out the public transportation system, I found a new coffee house in town. we now joke that the coffee house is my new office. I volunteer at a local hospital; working with stroke survivors. so rewarding for me, and gives me a purpose. I have written a book of poetry "SURVIVAL: Life after a stroke. Poems of my journey. Available on Amazon under my given name (John Allen Yurgens). Take advantage of this sight, visit often share all you want. the ups and downs, celebrate all your victories, small or large, we love to celebrate with our fellow survivors. We are the most Non-judgmental group. We are all different, as is every, rehab and recovery. But many of the issues we deal with are similar to others. Of course, what works for may not work for anyone else. Be strong. Stay Positive Keep a stiff upper lip. Okay, I'm a smart alec. Humor gets me through the day. Keep us posted on your journey and always celebrate any milestone. Jay Allen
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    Anothre milestone

    November 1, only a few days until I mark my 5th anniversary of my stroke. Hard to believe it's been five years. I am staying vigilant to recognize and fight off the triggers that surface this time of year my stroke date is 11-12-13. With all the memories issues I have why can't I forget that date? lol be well god bless Jay Allen
  7. Jayallen

    Asha, thanks for sharing. All of us deserve to be happy. When life tries to get ne down, I think of how far I have come and remind myself better times are sure to come my way. we must have faith and hope of course. Jay
  8. Jayallen

    Asha, I love the Hero's Journey. since my stroke, I do live intentionally in the Now. Seeking and appreciating all the wonders of daily life. Jay
  9. Jayallen

    My laugh for the day

    I have been using the bus for about 4 years now. There are a few places I go on a regular basis, I know generally when the bus should pass by. Yesterday was very warm, okay hot by Michigan standards (90+ degrees F 35 degrees C. I usually go to the bus stop about 5 minutes before I expect to see the bus. Yesterday was the same routine. I was hanging back in the shade. I was day dreaming about getting home taking a cool shower and just relaxing. looked up as the bus passed by, at the estimated time I thought it would go by. Darn it, right on time. Of course, I had a good laugh at my expense. Given the choice of laughing or getting mad about the situation I put myself in. I chose laughter. Who could I blame? Only myself. My day dream added 45 minutes to my trip home. The best part of the delay, one of the bus drivers was playing real old Motown. Early Michael Jackson, The Jackson 5, just to name a few. I had to go south to go north. Many do not understand, It is my reality and I don’t have an issue with it. Remember, Without Laughter, there would be tears or anger, Laughing is much more fun. ;) Peace, Jay
  10. Jayallen

    Thank you, Yvonne. My poems are written for all of us . My speech therapist said she was " happy that I could capture the raw emotions of stroke survival" I think she likes me. 😂
  11. Jayallen

    Asha. As parents wealways try to protect our children we want them to learn from our mistakes but we need to allow them to stumble now and then and learn from their own mistakes it's called the School of Hard Knocks also I think God gives his children just to give his gray hairlol.
  12. Jayallen

    having fun

    Those of you who have enjoyed my poems in the monthly newsletter Stroke net. Will be happy to know I have compiled a book of several poems. You know me as Jay Allen, a pen name I created while at University. I was under the impression, I had to use my legal name for publication purposes. My legally given name is John A. Yurgens. Please take the opportunity to check it out. The book is called "Survival: Life after a stroke. Poems of my journey." I am almost done with another book "The journey continues" I hope to have a late June or early July release date, I will keep everyone informed. Be well stay strong. Peace,Jay
  13. Jayallen

    Insurance companies, care only about the money they can make. Forget the patient. after my discharge from inpatient rehab. I was continuing with out patient therapy. After 3 months the insurance decided I was cured and needed no m ore therapy. In direct conflict with my therapists, OTPT & speech. what do they know? be strong, this craziness needs to end sometime. I just hope we are here to witness it. thoughts and prayers, Jay
  14. Jayallen

    The Art of Walking

    Many, outside of our world, will not understand. That’s why I write this for you. Or US. How many 56-year old people need to think about walking? Just another “Step” on the journey of my the new normal. I can’t do all the thing now that I did before the stroke. Before, I walked without thinking about the mechanics involved And I always had a long stride. Recently, I’ve realized with my old long stride I tend to limp Causing more pain in my other hip. I need to discuss with my physical therapist. No need to create more issues, doing something wrong. I have an idea, but won’t try until I get the okay from my therapist Always leave the bigger decisions to the professionals. Simply looking for that inner balance Of eliminating pain, avoiding other problems. And maybe Look a bit more Normal, as I was around town. Thanks for allowing me to spew. I can’t think of anyone my age spending 30 minutes thinking about walking. Lol I know you get it. Be well, God Bless. Jay
  15. Jayallen

    Congratulations 4 yrs. Happy anniversary Acceptong, coping and building Sounds like a gpod plan. Don't get discouraged if you stumble Just regroup and get bsck on trsck Best wishes, Jay
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