Based on the video of Jan
Edited by Barbara Gabogrecan
At the age of 31, Jan suffered a severe stroke which badly weakened his right side. It also affected his speech and the video below gives you a great idea of just how he is improving after only one year.
He is excited that he can actually move his wheelchair in a straight line down a hospital corridor. Everything you are able to do after a stroke debilitates you, is something to be elated about.
Jan is learning to speak, one word at a time. Eventually he can put a sentence together. It seems as though one of the difficulties with speaking is being able to recall the word or the thought that you want.
This is a minor problem for me three years after a stroke. If I cannot recall a word I either have to talk around it or sit quietly and wait for it to come to me. Sometimes I just move onto something else and suddenly it comes to me, out of the blue, so to speak.
I certainly did not have a stroke as severe as what Jan suffered and for that I am eternally grateful. I did suffer some balance problems, but again, Jan really struggled with his walking as his feet would move across each other or twist to throw him off balance. I was so pleased when I stopped running into walls!
Jan now understands what is being said to him very well, but will struggle for some time with free speaking, I would think. He loves his IPad and likes playing games. No doubt this also helps the paralysis in his right hand. I did not suffer from any paralysis.
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There is no question that Jan has an amazing spirit and wonderful support. He remains positive and looks quite relaxed. Not fretting about what you cannot do and working hard to improve your skills is so very important.
You will feel for this young guy and what he has gone through and continues to go through. But at the same time you cannot but help to feel in awe of his wonderful approach to his problem.
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