Is There a Real Life After Stroke?

Life After StrokeThis video shows how a 19 year old lass handles her stroke and what she has accomplished since suffering a stroke. In Canada 50,000 people suffer from a stroke every year; this means that there is one stroke every 10 minutes. Altogether 315,000 people are affected by a stroke in their family.

This lass could not speak correctly or do maths. Her hope to go to university seemed shattered. Her mother was her ‘rock’ and her full time caregiver. They focussed on rehabilitation to recover. Like many caregivers, her mother could not even imagine how a person could hope to recover if they are on their own.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada helped them and gave them hope for the future. Now Janel is a doctor and happily married – there can be a fulfilling life after a stroke.

Tips and Hints I too, have discovered that there is life after a stroke. Three years later, I still cannot read more than a few words at a time and still get confused with numbers. But I am able to write and have written a book about my stroke recovery; I can still do my silk paining (I recently won the inaugural Stroke Foundation Creative Award for my art work and book); and I can still train my beloved dogs (though I cannot show my young guy as I do not have sufficient balance to get me around the ring). NEVER give up hope – be positive and set yourself goals to reach and you will be amazed at just what you can achieve.

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29 thoughts on “Is There a Real Life After Stroke?

  1. Ana B.

    Absolutely, there is life after a stroke and you exemplify that! Coming back from a stroke makes a person stronger in many ways, because they are given a second opportunity to focus on their passions and really reach their goals in life.

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  2. Fran

    I had a friend who had a stroke at the age of 18 and it was really scary, but now a few years later, everything seems to be okay. Unfortunately, he thinks he’s invincible, and is making some pretty unhealthy choices though, such as drinking and smoking. I’ve tried talking to him, and I think he listened, for now at least.

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  3. Ned Vratski

    The tips and tricks on how to manage strokes and what there symptoms are good tips and tricks to know… thanks for listing them

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  4. Stephen Panter

    Janel’s story is inspiring to all stroke sufferers. It is so surprising when young people suffer from stroke as this occurrence is only believed to be in older individuals. Not only did she recover but also became a successful individual, such positive attitude and will power is phenomenal and inspirational.

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  5. sarah keating

    I imagine that you have to take a “one day at a time” approach when you’re in the situation of recovering from a stroke. Be grateful for every day. You have done so much. You are an inspiration.

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  6. james

    This is an inspirational post. Even with your stoke you’ve proven that you can do amazing things after recovering. This a testament to our ability to overcome anything we set our mind to.

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  7. Denise Painter

    When my great-grandmother had a stroke our family came together to care for her so that one person wasn’t faced with the entire responsibility on their own. It is important that families support caregivers of stroke victims as well as the patient — help them take time away for themselves, offer to sit with the patient or pay for professional care, maybe even just come over and prepare a meal or clean a little. I agree with Janel’s mother — I don’t know how someone that does not have a good family support system makes it.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      How wonderful that your family were able and willing to work together. I only had my husband and I have always thought that caregivers have been neglected when government offers support to those suffering. Like you, I cannot imagine how someone copes without at least one family member to act as the caregiver.

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  8. jaymopols

    It’s inspirational to read that you find great reward in making small steps back to daily living, from reading a few words, to winning awards!

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  9. Trudy

    This is truly inspirational. I have a friend who’s just recovering from a stroke & this article will sure cheer her up. Thanks!!

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  10. Chris W.

    Janel’s story is so inspirational especially since she was able to recover and go on to medical school. Undoubtedly, her experience made her a stronger person and a better doctor.

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  11. Chinua

    Amazing to read that there are people out there who have gone through something as bad as a stroke, and still accomplish so much, winning arts prizes and all. Truly inspiring.

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  12. Sandra Harriette

    My grandmother suffered from a stroke before passing. She didn’t live too long afterwards, but she wasn’t the same physically. It was hard to deal with for all of us, but I know there’s a higher road to recovery for the unfortunate souls who do succumb.

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    1. Barbara Gabogrecan Post author

      Yes, unfortunately some stroke sufferers are much more severe than others. I count my blessings every day that I have been able to recover as well as I have. Barb

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  13. Elias Delaney

    Well said. Stroke is devastating and mentally and physically debilitating but that doesn’t mean the end of someone’s time here on earth. There are others who are less fortunate such as amputees, people who suffer from great mental challenges and the list goes on. It’s up to the individual to find their peace with their condition and make the best out of it.

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  14. Joseph Harding

    There is absolutely life after a stroke. However, one has to redefine what life means, but that is not a bad thing. Sometimes this change in life can give us opportunities to discover things about ourselves that we would not have otherwise.

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  15. Gabriella Jackson

    I’m glad you and others have found a good life after having your strokes. Let’s hope with new medical advances, people can recover more fully from them in the future.

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  16. Dylan

    I as sadden to see the age of the young girl in the video, however, I am thankful that people can recover and become fully active again.

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  17. Vitalia De Novelle

    In my family, stroke is not rare. I lost my father, grand pa and grand ma because of that. Unfortunately, I thought it’s invincible for me too. your article is somehow inspirational for me, though.

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  18. David M.

    I always pray to God for a happy result following a stroke. This site says and does much of what I wanted to know. It is reliable news for the stroke victim and is greatly needed. Happy to know about this information – thanks for sharing.

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  19. Angel Nelson

    My grandfather just recently had a stroke. It’s good to know that there is a way to return back to a normal life after having a stroke. Thanks for the tips and information.

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  20. Tim C

    Good question to pose in this article. Reading it gave me a lot of insight. Very valuable information here. Good story.

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