Episode notes: Today Ruth continues her story and addresses the world that surrounds us and the challenges we face and the options we have that we don’t always see.
Ruth is a stroke survivor sharing tips and advice for rehab, recovery and healthy living including nutrition, exercises, personal care, healing and maintaining a grateful attitude. She can be found online at http://stroke.global were she offers help to stroke survivors and caregivers.
Welcome back to the Healthy Life Podcast...well I’m thrilled to be here today for multiple reasons, the first of which is to welcome my newest grandson into this world. This is an especially touching time because I don’t know if you understand the attachment that a mother has to her daughters child. You see when I give birth to my daughter I carried her for 9 months as well as all her future eggs that would ultimately become her children. In other words as a pregnant mom I once carried what would become my grandson. I never believed that after my stroke that I could hold my grandchildren in my arms. My right arm didn’t work... it hung at my side and was not easily moved. In fact I wanted to cut it off... how many of you had the same thought?
Years after my treatment and therapy in the US I got back what I had been told was lost forever. I was told by very well meaning medical professionals that I should be content and resign myself to the effects of the stroke. I understand their comments, they wanted to reduce my apparent stress by encouraging acceptance and compliance with the effects of the stroke. But that’s not me! I wasn’t content with who I was and what the stroke caused. Now for those who go down this path I have a warning... it’s not easy... you can not whine and complain about where you are or find yourself. You have to reach deep down and determine what you will shoot for an how.
You know when I suffered my stroke I listed 6 things:
I had followed through on those 6 and was in a circular mode of 4 the of them:
These have proven to be effective and are responsible for my ability to use and engage my right hand and arm and hold my grandson. It took some time to perfect it and rebuild my confidence but it was well worth the investment of time and energy.
For those who are new stroke survivors... you need to build the process early and stick to it. The biggest challenges you’ll face will be maintaining attitude and support! I’ll tell you upfront it’s not for the week of heart. You have to be determined and consistent.
One of the biggest and I feel, underestimated things that TCM Restoration builds in their program are helping to establish the habits of attitude and consistency. It’s critical that you see and understand the power of these things and the power and control that you also wield in your own recovery. It’s up to you but I can honestly say the investment of time and energy that I made years ago have paid off significantly.
Well it’s time to close for today...Thanks so much for joining me and remember to visit the stroke.global ( “onlinerehabilitation.org” ) web site often and give us your feedback! I also hope you’ll join me tomorrow...
As always it’s an honor and a pleasure sharing with you today.... thank you! I pray that you’ve enjoyed this podcast... we keep it brief so it’s easy to add to your day... we are on iTunes, Spreaker, & Google Play and have links on our stroke.global page... please subscribe it boosts us in the ratings and helps us rise in the ranks so we can continue these stroke survivor podcasts.
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