I am an occupational therapist (OT) who specialized in stroke rehab. I continued my education by having a stroke in 2004 that paralyzed my dominant right side. I still walk with a brace and cane, regained only partial use of my hemiplegic hand, and still have slurred speech when I'm tired.
I live alone so I am both the caregiver and the stroke survivor. I am divorced and was not able to have children. My two middle-aged bachelor brothers live 800 miles away and two life-long friends live 1,200 miles away. My parents are dead. Thank goodness I have a small army of local friends.
I had my stroke a year after I completed my doctorate in cognitive psychology. My stroke rehab felt like my last major learning experience so I wrote a book called My Last Degree: A Therapist Goes Home After a Stroke. My sense of purpose continued to grow as I developed Power Point presentations for stroke survivor support groups, rehab professionals, and OT students. I live in New Jersey, U.S.A. E-mail me at email@example.com.
The 2nd edition has 44 photos that make it easier to understand what I am describing. This edition includes solutions to challenges that occur long after formal rehab is over.
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