I don’t believe it; should I have included a picture?

Wow…I don’t believe it.  I posted that Jill will be speaking on April 26, and EVERYONE that logged into my Blog to read more about it.  When I wrote my last post about me having reading challenges, hardly anyone logged on to read it!

I don’t understand it.  Sure, Jill was there to help me through my recovery.  She help me re-learn EVERYTHING, she walked with me, she cared for our two beautiful children, she took care of all the bills, she took care of the house, she shopped for the groceries, she took me out driving so she could re-acquaint me with Lake Oswego, she helped the children with their homework, she listened to our kids complain about me, she cooked delicious meals EVERY NIGHT, she said prayers EVERY night, etc.  But thats it.  I did everything else: I sat around having people wait on me.

Now I feel dumb; I guess she WAS fantastic!  OK, sure…come see Jill speak about HOW she handled this crises with grace, faith and with love.

Now, can I talk about me?  If you didn’t read my LAST post, please continue…

I still struggle. Let’s see if I can explain it.

I recently read the birthday cards I received. They were very funny to everyone in the room.  But when I read them out loud, I had to concentrate on every word.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know what I was reading, but people laughed.

If I read them out loud several times, I might get the humor but it would take work.  It is hard to explain the disorganization in my brain.  When I read, I see each word but I can’t connect them in any context.  They are just a bunch of individual words.

Even now, Jill is writing this for me because I can’t do it myself.  I tried to tell her what I wanted to write about but my explanation was all over the place.  She asked me questions and worked with me until she understood what I am trying to explain.  It is frustrating but luckily, we work well together and usually laugh as we talk things through.

Language and cognition are big hurdles.  It has been 9 years and I am still trying!

See…wasn’t that REALLY good stuff???

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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.


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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Do you believe this?

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My article got that many people to re-post this?

The post from the Mayo Clinic said:

Do forward this message. It may save lives!
“Life is a one time gift” (Let’s forward and hope this will help save some!!!)
If you’ve seen this before, reading it again will just reinforce it!


Is that what I should do?  Holy cow!  Look at the response!  My only problem: Everything I say doesn’t necessarily need to be forwarded.  Maybe the world would like to hear more about my stroke.  Or maybe the audiences are fascinated by me not being able to move my arm.  Doesn’t that send chills to your spine?
I will keep at it.  I will make it a point to look at the Mayo Clinic site more often.