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Stroke Survivor - female
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  • Birthday 05/07/1951
  • Age 69

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    & reading, crossword.
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  1. Hi to all my Strokeboard friends,

    I have missed you all and the support you have given and I encouraging all who are new to this “new you”.  I’ve been dealing with a lot of pain and the State is cracking down on the Dr’s prescribing pain medication. I have a extreme torn Rotator Cuff in my shoulder. I now use a walker and am limited in driving.  But doing okay.

    I hope this note finds you all well in your daily needs. Keep your hope up and blessings to you all!

    Your friend,

    Nancy Farrell 


  2. After many attempts I finally found my old site.  Hello to all my friends. Hope 

    all is doing ok. I had a setback since our travels to Holland to visit oldest daughter & Dutch husband. Back hurting a lot. They did MRI & found Scholios & Osteporosis. Had back procedure to freeze back. A huge relief. 

    Good to be in touch again w/ help from Steve Mallory..  thank you! Good to be back in touch.

    Have a good day,

    Nancy Farrell

  3. Happy Anniversary Farrell!

    1. Farrell


      Thank you Steve for your tremendous help!

  4. Happy Birthday Farrell!

  5. Happy Anniversary Farrell!

  6. Happy Birthday Farrell!

  7. My Friend, I hope I didn't come across to harsh. We all have different paths in life. You are awesome with your desires to return to school now. And who's to say, that may be if your feeling to do it, the very thing you should do. Please keep us updated in your decision. have a good day;)
  8. I agree with Maria. I would use this time to focus on Physical Rehab, OT & Vocational Rehab. Building your strength up in every area. With a stroke takes time in Rehab (@ Home) of repeat training of weakness and endurance. Your just a bit into your journey. Katrina( Caged Bird) has some special blogs. (I mentioned her to you before but she was young as you and went on in time to get her degree in law, if I remember right) So if you want to go back to school I feel that desire will never go away. But for now I feel maybe you need more work to try & regain strength in arm(that's just me) Do you do exercises @ home like Squeeze a ball w/ each hand? Do you wear a brace on your weak side? Do you like to swim? (I had therapy @ one time in salt water pool, suppose to be healing)You must have medical benefits w/ your SSDI. There's a video somewhere where it shows her speech she gave after getting her diploma(if I remember right) Valdictorian of her class in college. Truly an inspiration! Maybe like someone spoke you can take a few on line courses to help others. And see how much strength you have. All the best to you! Nancy
  9. Hello my friend, The answer to your question is YES!!! I also had an AVM erupt on me in 1995 @ age of 46. My right side became completely paralyzed after having a stroke. The Avm was located in the excecutive part of my brain. As I began P.T. in a nursing home while getting strong enough to have surgery for the removal of avm they began me @ a standing table. Got fitted for a brace to keep paralyzed hand open. (my husband put me in a nursing home that had 2 P.T. on shift during the week days) as there were handicapped children living on the second floor. The P.T. worked with me each day as I began to get my strength back. My Insurance also sent a speech therapist into nursing home to work w/ me to one, get off feeding tube & two, retrain brain how to speek. After surgery they transported me to a Rehab center to begin grueling retraining of healthy side of brain. With determination & grit I decided within myself & w/ the help of God, if at all possible I was going forward! I met a lot of nice folks in Rehab who were in the same boat as me. After months of relearning to walk, write, eat, slowly regaining bit by bit I began to see SLOW progress....I had 4 young children and a brilliant & caring husband to get well for. Our friends from another state came 2 @ a time staying w/ my family a month @ a time. Our youngest was just 16 mos. old. We were in process of adopting 2 youngest. From in-patient rehab went into out-patient rehab for 2 Yrs. Relearned how to drive w/ left ft. gas pedal. Katrina(Caged Bird)is an inspiration to us all! Never stop, Never lose Faith, don't give up, Keep on keeping on with a positive goal. "Whether you walk, run or stumble...never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow along the way." Take Care! Nancy
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    Katrina, Your an inspiration to me & whenever you write a piece, it's like I'm reading about myself! I can not gather my thoughts to write back to you just now as my home is in a remodel but I just wanted to let you know Your not alone, and your not the only one who has anxitety attacks & feels this way. Even though there's an age difference between us we are on the same journey.. So good to hear your went out @ night in a dress & saw a play with a group of people & felt comforatable. I love the song by Alicia Keys about a caged bird! She has a deep heart & truly cares about others that comes out through her songs. And as someone wrote to you I feel the same YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL TO ME INSIDE & OUT! When I watched the video of you walking to the stage to receive your college degree & give your beautfiul speech I felt a kinship w/ you & cheered you on in life! As I said your an inspiration to me! As my daughter who went onto college & got her masters(she's now 25 yrs old) I will pm you one day & tell you about her! Sending Love & a hug, Nancy
  11. Happy Birthday Farrell!

  12. Farrell

    Goodmorning! When I had my bleed & stroke like 14 years ago I was not suppose to survive so I did everything possible to increase my strength. Was a slow process retrainng to walk, talk, swallow ect. yet w/out my therapists & faith I would not have regained all that I have. Even at that it's been a struggle to keep my focus positive, a daily reminder I am alive to watch my kids grow up. I have a wonderful husband. I know it must be frustrating for him to have patience w/ me yet we go through the rough spots & get up and walk forward. Still do my stretches daily before I put on my brace, walk w/ cane & can drive w/ left foot gas pedal which I am thankful to do. A big difference from being paralized on entire right side so I am thankful for in-pataient & out-patient rehab I had first few years after bleed & major stroke. You can make progress exercising, streching & keeping focus positive. This site has wonderful friends who understand what your goinng through~so hang in there and take one day at a time & as Jerrolyn said keep pushing yourself! Do you have a pool nearby? This has been a great tool for me to make headway w/ my hanging limbs & increase strentgh. Take care my friend!
  13. Hope todays a better day for you:) Just checking with you. I may add our daughter suggested she go away to a school when she refused to go to school anymore. Best thing we did. She did not want to go to anyone for help like your son. Our son is in the Job Corps & he really likes it. They help you get your drivers license & High School diploma(which he already has from special ed) He's 21 and was living w/ us until the time to go in Feb. He's taking a trade. Have a great Day & keep us posted on how your doing. Happy Mother's Day!
  14. I feel for you and understand toatlly about being a parent disabled to a defiant child or" teenager". My husband & I raised 4 children. We were in process of adopting 2 when i had my stroke. It wasn't easy raising 4 children w/ brain injury but I tried the best i could. I like what Fred had to say, if your boy is not home or does not contact you & is taking advantage warn him you will call the police if he is not home. Sounds like you have taken all his privledges away. How is doing in his school work? My youngest daughter treated me terrible, We finally sent her away to a boarding school for a year w/ some therapy that gave her life tools. My husband went to the school from grade school on w/ her problems. She & I both did therapy togehter but never seemed to work when she was about 10 yrs. old. She did home school when she returned home from boarding school but moved out when she turned 18. She's doing well now. But a long road for her...Back to you....Your health is more important so you can be there for your 2 children. Life is worth living even though at times the road gets rough. My daughter who I was talking about gave me a plaque last Christmas says "Whether you walk, run or stumble...never lose sight of the reason for the journey or miss a chance to see a rainbow along the way." I thought was specail, spoke to my heart coming from her and just now thought maybe she was also thinking for her. Hang in there! Keep us posted on how your doing. God's grace is there for you, He never gives us more than we can bare. Thanks for opening your heart to those who understand & care....
  15. Happy Birthday Farrell!

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