Stroke Survivor - female
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About Shadow55038

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  • Birthday 06/18/1967

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    Hmm. . .I can see both sides of this--caregiving out of love or duty. I agree that it can be both. Although I am a stroke survivor, I'm addressing this as more of a caregiver as my mom and I were caregivers for my dad who'd suffered multiple heart attacks and was a diabetic in denial. My mom was a caregiver for almost 10 years. She did it out of duty, most of the time, because my dad was a mean (and ill) SOB who demanded it of her. It isn't so cut and dry that she gave up on my dad. Unfortunately, he gave up on himself. . .and that made her caregiving situation that much tougher. The str
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    The Minnesota Stroke Association is sponsoring its annual Strike Out Stroke at the Dome Event on Thursday, June 4th, 2009 at the HHH Metrodome in DT Minneapolis. All survivors, family, caregivers and friends are invited to partake in this celebration of life at the afternoon Twins vs. Cleveland game. Festivities begin at 10 am outside Gate D with the game beginning at 12:15 pm. If you are interested, please visit the MN Stroke Association's website at Thanks and hope to see you there! Karen
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    Hi, Mary: Welcome! Glad you decided to post a message. First, know that crying is a NORMAL and HEALTHY emotional response. I'm a big boo-hooer myself (always was, always will be). Sometimes, it's just the perfect release. It's when you can't stop crying or you're crying for no reason that you might want to discuss this with your doctor. Many here have had much success on anti-depressants while others have visited neuropsychologists. Please, if you feel yourself spinning, go talk to your doctor. I am almost three years post-stroke, and I still sometimes mourn life before stroke.
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    Hi, Stessie: I love this question because while, yes, we should be thankful we survived and made it this far, StrokeNet is the perfect (only) forum where everyone understands about stroke and its frustrations. I'm a firm believer that when you have a bad day, feel angry about stroke or need to vent, by all means, get it out! I'm almost three years post. If you looked at me and spoke with me, you would never know I had a stroke. But, stroke robbed me of my self-confidence pretty badly. It replaced a quiet contentment with fear. I hate that I am so fearful of and nervous about everyth
  11. Interesting question, Chuck. The current economic state has really changed my life and lifestyle. I was laid-off August 1st from a marketing position at a large health care system here in the Twin Cities (thus, why I've been on this site more often--I've got nothing else to do but surf the net! ha ha). I have had very little luck even getting interviews with the number of jobs lost here and competition for available jobs. Two years ago, I'd have my pick of marketing jobs. Now. . .nada, zilch, nothing. I've looked for PT jobs, but unemployment pays better, if you can believe that. Lots of
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    Hey, Honda: I would check the local hospitals to see if they have any support groups exclusively for young survivors, especially since you live in a larger metropolitan area. (Around here, most of our groups are geared toward seniors and always seem to be held during work hours. I'm a young survivor, too, and really only found StrokeNet to be the best support system for younger survivors.) You may also want to look for a grief support group (that's what I ended up doing because it was geared toward younger people dealing with losses of all kinds) or just a plain survivors' support group.
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    Hello! I have been reading this thread with mild amusement and thought I'd add my two pennies' worth. First, how awesome is it that a fellow survivor has turned stroke into a full-time business?! Wish I could do it! We really need to be celebrating this man's successes. Second, as a small business owner, he probably is either managing his website himself or has a friend building/managing the site (professionally-built websites cost in the tens of thousands). As someone who's developed/administrated websites as a living for the past eight years, I can tell you that it is NOT unus
  14. Hi, Karen: I've not had the closure (due to issues with the location of my PFO), but everyone I've encountered who's had it done said it was a very easy procedure. I'd do it in a minute if I could. I'm sick of Coumadin--losing handfuls of hair and bruising all the time. The catheterization method is simple and non-invasive. Please don't be afraid! You'll be in good hands at Methodist, and you'll probably feel better than you have in a long, long time. Being brave is half the battle, but I think you can do it! Here's something to think about. Which is worse: the fear of the surg
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    Hi, Zak! I had a similar experience as you, only mine was with the hospitalist on the neuro ward. He kept telling me I'd need open heart surgery (two cardiologists disagreed), then said I lesions on my liver on a CT scan (which turned out to be dye from the scan), then said I couldn't go home for an additional two days (after my neuro said it was time to get me home), and finally told me I'd never be able to rollerblade, ice skate or ride my bike again (being on Coumadin, it would be "too much of a risk"). . .we started calling him "Dr. Doom." I finally said, ENOUGH and got the pati