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I’ve returned to work!

I haven’t posted for awhile because I have returned to work.  Using adaptive devices and learning new techniques, I have returned to my regular duties( because of legal reasons, I can’t reveal my line of work)  and have been improving my efficiency and performance steadily. Unfortunately,  that may not be enough for my employer and they will make a decision whether to let me continue by the end of the week.  I know I can do my job and I enjoy doing it, so im keeping my fingers crossed.

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Thought of the day

like any other day since my stroke 2 1/2 years ago, I woke up and found that this not a bad dream, but it’s real. I’m still stuck in this body that doesn’t work the way it should. I was told long ago that I may stay like this for the rest of my life. But I never wanted to believe it.

I have to admit it’s hard to keep positive and doing my exercises, when I see no improvements happening. It really is like ramming my head against a stone wall. What else can I do? Give up and watch the rest of my life pass me by? NO! that is not an option. There is this constant battle of self pity that I have to deal with and I can’t let it bring me down. there is still a lot of life to live.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I know as a stroke survivor, we may feel like wehave been dealt a bad hand. That may true, but we still have a lot to be thankful for. We are still alive and are surrounded by people who love and care about us and we have that for the rest of our lives. Be thankful for what we have and don’t focus on the things we don’t have because then, you will find you never have enough and waste lots of time and energy trying to chase those things down. We have things right in front of us to be thanful for, so just focus on that.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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random thoughts

Sorry I haven’t posted anything new in a while. I’m kind if limited to what I can post because of my ongoing legal process with my employer.
I’m continuing to see more people registering for the message board, but I can’t figure out why nobody is posting anything. With nearly 100 members, we should be able to get some meaningful and helpful conversations going. Please leave me comments on how I can generate more interest in posting. everyone’s real identities are kept private, so don’t feel ashamed with sharing. It helps to express frustrating thoughts and who knows? somebody else out there might be able to offer some assistance. Our condition has left us in new situations we have never encountered before and can’t make sense of. Others may have been there and done that. That’s what this site is for.
It’s a support group created for and created by someone who has first hand experience with the effects of a stroke.

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thought of the day

I know this is not a stroke story, but here is a short, inspirational video with the  message to keep going and not give up when things don’t seem to go your way, and also how important it is to receive support from those close to you. ESPN has a series of short stories called E60 which have many stories which can inspire even if you are not or ever have been an athlete. It doesn’t matter where inspiration comes from, as long as it works for you.

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Product review

thumbs-up-icon (2)20131022_151625If you don’t know by now, I will only give an honest opinion about products I have used which appear on this site. It is based on my experience only and others may have a different view than me.
A long time ago, my mother brought this to me to try when I was suffering from back pain. I was resistant because it looks like its for animals, especially horses, but no where on the bottle does it state that it’s unsafe for humans. This clearish, non-greasy green gel has a pleasant mint smell and seems to be absorbed into the skin. You can feel the heat penetrate into the aching muscles and joints immediately and you just apply whenever needed. Using a breathable wrap will increase the heat effect.
As a stroke survivor, I have many aches and pains . I would imagine it would relieve pain caused by arthritis and over exertion also.
Get  past the idea that its only for horses which is the only negative about this product that I can think of(read the Amazon reviews. Not a single horse gave it a bad review. Lol) A  lot of people seem to use it for pain relief after working out. I think it works better than BenGay, Tiger balm, or Any of those adhesive heat patches because it’s a lot easier to apply. Just make sure you wash your hands after application because it will burn sensitive areas! It has become very popular, and has become more expensive and harder to find at the feed store my mom frequents in Las Vegas. It’s cheaper and more readily available online.

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Please leave a message

As I mentioned a few days ago, there are many people signing up for the message board.  I tried to get it started, but everything I’ve posted so far, has been read on this website alreadymessage-board. We need other experiences and points of view, so please don’t be afraid to start posting  new topics. Your identities and email addresses are kept private and aren’t shown on your posts , unless you include them  in your message.  We have a good amount of members to get some good discussions going, so please, don’t be afraid, and start posting

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Face of stroke

Here is a video from the Faces of Stroke Ambassador series that I hope is helpful to other younger stroke survivors: Julie – Julie Hyman, 51, had a stroke at 37. Like so many people, she ignored the warning signs of her stroke, feeling that she was too young to have a stroke.

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random thoughts

Like I’ve mentioned before, I’m not special,  I have my ups and downs like anybody else.  The important thing is to get up out of bed and do something. Anything!  Otherwise, the negative 100_7278thoughts keep building up and you sink further into a deeper hole.  Take a walk, participate in our online support group,  just do whatever you are capable of doing safely and get your mind away from the negative thoughts.