It seems that just by acknowledging that I might be depressed and writing about it (here and on my other blog) has given me hope that this won't last long. And if it does, I know what to do. I will increase my activity level. surround myself with loved ones, talk to my doctor about it, go back to my psychotherapist's office, continue to eat well, and clean up my seep hygiene…yes, that's what I'll do.
However, the thought occurred to me today that this may only be a situational depression. Th
Even though it's been over a year since I've logged into StrokeNet, the unconditional support, good cheer, and friendships I've experienced on this site are still very dear to me. I signed in again this evening because I know that, like sunshine, all of those beautiful attributes about this site are life-affirming and nurturing. And now that I'm writing my story and feeling the hauntingly familiar affects of depression creeping in around the edges of my normally active and cheery lifestyle, I co
I rarely talk about my marriage, but I feel the need to share my story as a way of therapy. If you're not interested in love stories gone awry, I advise you to stop reading here. Or if you can relate to my story, maybe you would feel okay sharing in the comments.
I was married only a year and a half before I unexpectedly had a massive and devastating stroke when I was 31 in 2008. My ex-husband (whom we'll call Brad) and I were happily married and deeply in love after meeting when we were 28
I made it through the procedure on Monday without a stroke or any other complications (praise God!), and met with my neurosurgeon on Tuesday morning. I knew I had a confirmed aneurysm before I even went to that Tuesday appointment thanks to the neuroradiologist showing me the scan of my right internal carotid artery after the cerebral angiogram was over on Monday.
On Monday, I checked in at 6:15 am at the cath lab of the hospital and didn't get 'home' to the hotel room until 5:30 pm. It w
I kind of feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. I found out on Monday, that I may have a saccular aneurysm in my right internal carotid artery, which is the same artery that spontaneously dissected when I was 31 and left me with profound disabilities. I have since worked very hard to regain my literacy and ability to walk. I don't really have a choice when it comes to having the 4 vessel angiogram done despite the risk of stroke that comes with this procedure. Having a saccular an
I'm glad for this opportunity to start a blog in a community where others can relate to what I experience as a stroke survivor and vice versa. I joined StrokeNet back in April, but have been preoccupied with various health concerns since then to really invest a lot of time in this site. I am hoping this blogging venture will be therapeutic for me and perhaps help others, too.