Coping With a Stroke Disability

DisabilityA 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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28 thoughts on “Coping With a Stroke Disability

  1. Jherica

    My grandfather has had 4 strokes. He is still so active and it is amazing to see how he has been able to come back from each one. I hope and pray that his health continues, and yours too!

  2. james

    love your writing. A positive mindset is key to the recovery in any major trauma. There is no point in fretting about what you can’t do., work on what you can and enjoy life.

  3. Uwa Uyi

    I know a lot of people affected by stroke, it takes will power tolead a normal life after such a terrible experience

  4. Ken P

    I struggle with high cholesterol and have to be concious of my diet. I have also increased my exercise to further ruduce my risk.

  5. Shannon

    I have had family members suffer through minor strokes-how scary it can be. Great tips with an awesome upbeat attitude. Loved the video and the banner title-wasn’t expecting that! 🙂

  6. Katherine

    Thank you for sharing this. A friend of my parents had a stroke, and is now unfortunately paralysed and has lost his job etc. I know that many people see it as his life has been ruined, but your way of thinking is such more positive and will hopefully give him more hope.

  7. Janet

    Stokes are a scary thing. I try to watch what I eat and getting exercise whenever possible. The last several years Zumba has been my favorite. I feel better when I exercise.

  8. Cynthia Ford

    I’m fortunate enough not to have anyone close to me to suffer through a stroke. I hear it can be quite a devastating life-changing event. Acceptance is definitely a must to continue on though with any affliction and remind ourselves that we all are imperfect way in some shape or another.

  9. Raul

    A stroke can simply change someone’s life and its very important to have a positive mindset in order to overcame the adverse affects of illness or disability.

  10. Nick Smith

    I was scared when the doctors announced that I have diabetes. All these years I thought nothing will actually happen to me as I led a relatively active life. Not only blood sugar reducing medication was given to me but also statin drugs and blood pressure reducing medication as diabetes may lead to an early stroke. Now I watch what I eat specially sugars, and go regularly for a walk or jog.

  11. Ashley

    My coworker recently had a stroke. They are having a hard time with recovery. I’m going to show them this article. I think your tips will really benefit them.

  12. Dixie

    Absolutely, attitude is everything. When you are recovering from an ailment, stroke included, a positive attitude will do wonders. If you are negative and just sit around sulking, and complaining about your misfortune, you will not be motivated and will not work that hard to recover. If you have a positive attitude and focus on what you can do then you will be happier and your positive mind frame will help heal you.

  13. Kayla R.

    My grandmother was afraid of experiencing a stroke, so she stopped smoking. Thanks to this article, I’ll be helping her cut down the risks even more!

  14. Gau

    Keeping a positive mind and attitude is key to successful recovery and sustaining your overall health. Keep your chin up and smile as much as possible.

  15. Brian

    I’ve known a few people who had passed because of a stroke. Even my dog had one, but he was okay, we just noticed that one side of his face was drooping.

    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      I have not heard of a dog having a stroke – thank you for sharing this with me as I own 4 dogs, have been a dog judge and breeder and now clicker train my dogs – I will be on the look out for this problem. Barb

  16. Elleah

    I agree that focusing on the positive and what you can do instead of what you can’t do will help with recovery.

  17. Heather Engholm

    Strokes can be very scary. My mother has had a few, and my uncle (her brother) had many before dying far too young. I try to keep in the best health I can to avoid this. I hope it isn’t something I have to deal with later in life!


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