The numbness came first, a devoid sensation all over the body. Followed by a droopy face. “Th..”, she hesitates. “Ah..sshhh”, she says again. Words just can’t seem to be said. Then, she could no longer talk. She’s having a stroke and she didn’t know it.
It is dreadful to realize that in a briefest instant, your life has completely changed.
Despite the fact, survivors seemed to be taking uphill– trying to live life to the fullest. And I guess they are even more courageous individuals since then.
On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds and one person dies every 4 minutes. Stroke kills more than 4.5 million people each year. There are about 9 million stroke survivors. It’s the fourth killer disease worldwide.
Because you’ll never know what it feels like until you have it, here are some facts on stroke recovery.
1. Modified independence
Maybe, you’re having the time of your life or you’re on the prime of your years.
Then suddenly stroke happens and in a blink of an eye, tremendous shifts occur. Part of the devastation to one’s body after a stroke is different disorders and deficits.
You’ll never realize how much changed until you get home and trying to live again.
However, independence is still achieved by survivors through rehabilitation and aid of assistive devices. Although there are limitations considering of the effects of stroke, they continue to live normally.
2. Stroke is expensive
After a stroke the family’s income may plummet and undergo massive financial adjustments. Not only financially, but they throe with a certain amount of emotional turmoil after loss of job.
And the most dreaded part is the medical bills. Every doctor appointment, diagnostic exams, rehabilitation and therapies and medications cost a lot.
Not only are the medical bills but also, the needed equipments to make life easier as possible. They may require grab bars, ramps, side rails and numerous aids for daily living. Surely, recovering from stroke takes a lot of financial sacrifices in order to meet needs.
3. Coping contributes positively to the meaning of life
Post-stroke patients recognize that effective coping significantly improve the quality of life. Referrals to support groups and education of family members and the wider community on the importance of social support after disability may help to strengthen support. In this way, they are able to lead a restricted but otherwise, normal life.
4. Impairments and deficits
The after effects of stroke are ravaging– in coordination of the body, memory problems, and speech problems.
And every area of inability compounds until you can no longer do even simple tasks.
It may seem too long to recover however; some survivors emerged into successful individuals despite the difficulties. They believe that being honest to yourself impact their everyday life. Effects are inevitable and these problems are special challenge to make the most of life with the limitations you have.
5. There are still things that hasn’t changed
While stroke emits all force of negativity and change, you need to know that there are still some things that haven’t change at all.
For an instance, a wife who is a stroke survivor will stay a wife to her spouse and a mother to her children. She can still take care of them and love them desperately. She can still do the things she loves the most.
Although there are some restrictions, you can still live a normal life just like you did before having a stroke. It is a fact: you are still being you.
I reckoned that having a stroke can be so much worse. But being a stroke survivor is a blessing. Someday, you’ll consider having a stroke a gift because so much good will come out of it.
How did you recover from stroke? Share them with us!