Daily, perhaps hourly, my husband is conscious of how a stroke radically changed his life. The stroke Don suffered in 1991:
• paralyzed his right side,
• significantly impaired his use and comprehension of words,
• destroyed his ability to read and write,
• gave him seizures,
• altered his relationships with family and friends,
• dashed his plans, and
• left him no longer able to work as a psychologist.
However, after two decades, the core of Don’s former self remains. He is still the loving, gentle, funny, wise, and wonderful man he was before his stroke—most of the time. I am proud of Don, especially of his character and inner drive that helped him deal with the aftermath of his stroke in such a remarkable way. He inspires those of us who have walked with him through his struggles.
Stroke Survivor: a Story of Hope