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  • Birthday 10/20/1962

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  1. Happy Anniversary anna2!

  2. Happy Anniversary anna2!

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    hi Bob, My two bits worth: Fact: Stroke is a life- altering event, a 'biggie" Fact: Stroke changes relationship dynamics. Your response to your stroke, your thought processes,attitudes etc. are not relevant to your family- they don't understand bcos they haven't been through it. You are the one who has to come to terms with the new normal and re-invent the new you and just handle the challenges posed by day to day living as they arise. That being said, you have to work hard at staying positive and cheerful and to embrace the attitudes and perspective thatkeep you motivated to stay focussed on your recovery. Do cut them some slack and keep in mind that they too have to get used to the new you. Not sure if this helps, love, anna
  4. Happy Birthday anna2!

  5. hi hippity, Don't be oversensitive if ur family points out'aberrant' behaviour to you when u are in public. they have ur best interest at heart and with reminders and repetition, u'll become confident to carry yourself in social situations
  6. hi greg, Your postis a case in point of why I keep trawling strokenet- I love the happy endings, or more like beginnings in this case- Good show& keep up the good work, you are an inspiration, love, anna
  7. I can remember in bits and pieces-having the most horrendous headache the whole day, losing balance and falling while attempting to get out of the car, The relief on getting back to my husband, his concern at my slurred speech, doctor asking me to squeeze his hand with my left and muttering, loss of power, appears to be neuro, being wheeled to the mri.. and then theres a huge blank. Coming tois spotty in reverse. Just short periods of wakefulness and alertness which kept getting longer and I became more aware of my surroundings. My family filled in a lot of the missing pieces later
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    for me it was being the CXO of the family. Going from being the driver to passenger hasn't been easy, though I've got the most wonderful, supportive family, always loving and patient to a fault.
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    Hubby and I love eighties music& we wonder how the children don't share that love, but have their own preferences. I have actually caught myself recapping recent happenings and wondered whether the brain is at work reinforcing short term memory and fixing it into long term memory utube is great for finding those nostalgia stirring songs Maybe we should all contribute and compile a playlist together
  10. katryn, If it bothers you, why don't you speak to one or both of them privately and tell her/ them about it? Honestly, some people are so insensitive that they genuinely dont have the empathy to figure the impact of their words/ actions Also, we survivors are sometimessometimes prone to the spotlight effect where we are overly preoccupied by our situation as perceived by others, when the fact is most of the timethey are not thinking about us. Don't lose sight of how far you've come and get discouraged. love, anna
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    hi Asha, Congratulations on your 20th. Jimmy and I celebrated our 25th last Dec. I sometimes wonder if the western concept ofromantic encounters leading to deeper understanding of each other and then leading to marriage has missed something. Our culture stresses the duty and devotion and personal sacrifice aspect more. What matters is that all parties are happy and that it lasts. Things are changing even here and parenting children to live in a culture in a state of flux is a challenging task indeed. love, anna
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    hi melissa, I've always wondered what constitutes'normal' anxiety post-stroke. After all it is only mormal to worry aboutstuff you can no longer do, changed earning capacity, relationship dynamics. etc.I can so understand about being a type A personality and wanting to be on top of the situation. I have found a lot of my anxiety dissipated as I got familiar with routine situations and devised coping mechanisms. I slso had to learn it is ok to ask people, especially in the family for help when I can't do something on my own. See you round, anna
  13. Happy Anniversary anna2!

  14. hi there, lsl, just wanted to add a prayer I found on the net, Here it is. St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer for the Disturbed Prayer for the Disturbed O Christ Jesus, when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things. ~~~~~~ St. Ignatius of Loyola Prayer for the Disturbed cccc
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    just this morning I was consoloing my son who was whining about not having as exciting a weekend as he would have liked. as papa is away for a longer trip than usual. I was trying to get him to see hoe grateful he should be for all he does have- a loving family, youth, good health, caring friends, a nice home, etc. All he could obsess about is his broken nintendo ds. Youth is so wonderful.its a pity they waste it on the young!