A stroke causes the second most deaths of any diseases in Australia, with heart problems being number one. However, strokes are one of the biggest causes of disabilities in this country. One in six people will suffer from a stroke in their lifetime; in fact, one person every 10 minutes suffer from a stroke in Australia.
The risk factors that you should be aware of are high blood pressure, smoking. alcohol, cholesterol, diabetes, irregular heart beat (AF) and overweight (poor eating and little or no exercise). You may be able to avoid a stroke by reducing or eliminating these risk factors. I suggest you do everything possible to reduce your risks; It is much easier to prevent a stroke than to recover from one.
You may not die if you have a stroke, but you will be left with some disabilities. You may have paralysis, unable to swallow, unable to speak, unable to read (like me), loss of balance, change in personality etc. But the true measure of how well you cope with your disability is how readily you are able to accept what you now are and concentrate on what you can still do – rather than worrying about what you can no longer do.
A positive, self-motivated, inspiring approach to your new life is what will help you recover more quickly and will go a long way in increasing your self-esteem and making you more confident. It can also depend on how dedicated your caregivers are to helping you recover, in a bubble of love.
Hints and Tips
If you want to speed up your recovery after suffering from a stroke, concentrate on what you can still do and don’t fret about what you can no longer do. Make a list of all the things that you enjoy doing and can still do. Above all, be positive, determined and motivated. Be happy with what you can still do; celebrate your good fortune.
This video is a perfect example of how to overcome a disability by accepting what you are and being surrounded with love and wonderful caregivers. It is the attitude and acceptance of the disability that is so heart warming in this video. It does not matter who you are or what you are – it is your attitude to life that makes the difference!
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