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by Keith Taylor

Are you ready to make a positive change in your life?

Everyone will answer a resounding “YES”! However, are you really ready?

Shortly after my stroke, I would say “I am ready to move forward and make the necessary changes” in order to see some positive results in life, but then, I wouldn’t do anything about it.

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN?

One of the biggest issues is that we set huge goals, instead of making realistic, day to day progress and having checkpoints to keep us on track. Due to the size of it, we are overwhelmed and decide not to do anything. Instead of doing a little bit each day to get better, we try some big feat and quickly get discouraged. On goes the cycle!

This is going to take time, and the “Little Wins” will help you move forward.

Another issue; It is easy for us to play the “Woe is me” card after having a stroke.

I couldn’t get the words out that I wanted and I felt weird because of the change in looks, walking differently, being upset about almost everything…on and on. But remember, ALL PEOPLE go through tough times in life, and most everyone is focused on the most important person they know…THEMSELVES! This isn’t a bad thing…it’s just the way of the world.

Acknowledge this (albeit internally), it will help you understand where others’ are coming from and get over the feeling that you are the only one going through challenges.

Once you make a decision to move forward, you will be tested. I don’t know why this is, but it is true. You are not the only one this is happening to. You can find many examples showing people being challenged once they make a decision. Our brains like the status quo, and you are going to make it perform better.

Be prepared and welcome it!

It is going to take work, but the changes will be positive. You will look back in a few years, and not even recognize the difference.

You will be more confident. Talking to others and not questioning everything you say is huge.

Your abilities will increase. People will recognize how self-assured you are.

Your knowledge will grow. It will be exciting to continue to learn.

Don’t worry about being perfect. Just get started!

The truth is that it takes dedicated perseverance to obtain results after having a stroke. You must ask yourself if you are willing to put in the hard work, time, and actions needed to change.

Set some realistic goals. Track them. Get some positive results. Then move on!

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Has someone suddenly gone to the hospital? Then you should read this!


I was told that Josie King Foundation had as link you can use in case you are or a family member is in the hospital.

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Being a patient or having a loved one in the hospital can be stressful and confusing. You are in a new environment with lots of information being given to you. There is so much to think about and to process- the names of the doctors and nurses, new medications, scheduled procedures, questions to ask, and so much more. It can be a bit daunting.

The Josie King Foundation has created a Patient Journal app. Patients and families can use this app to easily record vital medical information, stay organized, keep a permanent medical record, and share the notes with doctors or anybody else via email.

The Patient Journal app is now available for free download on the Apple iTunes App Store link:

Using the Patient Journal app is easy. The app opens a list of prompts about information that should be tracked during a hospital stay.

To enter notes, click on a category to learn more about it and type away.

You can review the information you have entered, and can even scroll through the daily entries to get an overall view of a patient’s changing condition.

At any point, you can email the journal to a doctor, a loved one, or yourself to keep as a permanent record of the hospital stay.

The Patient Journal app can be reused for subsequent hospital stays.

If you have any questions or comments about the app, we would love to hear them. You can email app@josieking.org, and we will get back to you quickly.  Go to the Josie King Foundation for more information.