I completed 4 years of college and then 3 years of insanely rigorous graduate school to become a physical therapist, did that for 4 years, then it was all taken away from me in less than a minute.  Maybe it wouldn’t have all been taken away if the doctors that day had a clue what they were doing.  But it is what it is.  I’ll never do what I did before again, I’ve come to terms with that.  But I can do this!  I can read and type, that’s about it.  Well, I use the word ‘type’ loosely.  🙂  What I do isn’t really typing so much as pecking at the keyboard with one hand.  I still have all that knowledge from my schooling so I need to find a new purpose in life.  And I will.  I’ve only recently gotten to the point where I want a job, I want to do something.  Up until recently, it’s been all about recovery and that’s it.  Need a new purpose, hmm.

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  1. Hi Amy, would you be able to consult or work with a non-damaged physical therapist who is interested in treating cerebellar stroke patients since you have a unique perspective? There’s a brain scientist, Dr Jill Bolte Taylor who has a great website. She had a devastating stroke and used her knowledge to share with the world and go on to do great things because of her stroke. Here’s her website: http://www.mystrokeofinsight.com/
    Keep pursuing your new purpose & thank you very much for your blog!

  2. Hi Amy, I think that all of us get to reassess our lives and make different choices; not everyone sans stroke has that opportunity. I was fortunate to have always had the knowledge that I wanted to be a writer “when I grew up,” so now I get to. One flaw I thought all along was that I had not had enough experience with life to write anything that wasn’t shallow. You know what? I finally do, and plan to make the most of it. Gtg.

    • You absolutely, definitely have the experience now! Yeah you’re right about not everyone having that opportunity, I guess that’s another blessing of the stroke.

  3. 4:13 am in the morning Amy, at that time my purpose in life is sleep. Maybe you can write for http://www.advanceweb.com
    Toni Patt does – http://community.advanceweb.com/blogs/pt_2/default.aspx

  4. Between you , Rebecca Dutton, Robin and Ellen Taliaferro you could write about stroke from the other side of the bed.

    • Yes, I’ve been told a lot that I should write a book, but would anyone really read it?

      • read it? don’t you read everything any stroke survivor has written? I just spent the last two days at Peter Levine seminars, and he encouraged the PTs and OTs to write blogs so that survivors would have that point of view. in his opinion, there were lots of survivor blogs, but not PT blogs. From that and its feedback, develop a book. self-publishing is the way to go; then publicize, publicize.

        write it, and they will come.

        • I do read everything any survivor has written, you’re right.

        • Amy, yes do write a book. First, keep blogging. The book will follow. You will know when you are ready.

          I think for myself and others who have survived a stroke, a new personal question arises in the “after” stage of our before and after lives. It goes somewhat like this? I survived, but why? Now what is my mission. Now how can I serve or as a former mentor used to say, “How should I pay rent on the planet?

          In more simple terms, “what can I do now with what I have to serve?”

          In my former work life we talked a lot about “healing through helping.”

          So blog on, Amy. You inspire and help all of us,

          aka Edie of http://www.strokedaze.com

      • Ask Rebecca for how her book was received;
        A Therapist Goes Home After a Stroke

  5. It seems to me that there is a confluence of opportunity that never existed before. A trained and experienced physical therapist who survived a stroke who has writing skills and a platform that is so important now when there are so many opportunites to write and self- publish. I know you’ll be able to create a new and exciting road for your life.

  6. I’m always amazed that there are almost no books about the physical recovery for survivors who are in the “chronic” stage. So many exercises that I want to do I have to modify–for instance, to do them lying down, rather than standing up. I love your suggestions for different kinds of exercises! Keep it up, and you’ll find a way to work, and help other people, too.

  7. Hi, Amy – I had a huge stroke at 30, too (4.7.11). Actually, it was AVM Rupture + Stroke, and I didn’t know a lot of cerebellum was removed until a year later! That’s actually better, bc it would’ve made me too sad at first. Like you, I’ve been told I will not hold down a job like my old one again. There is no schedule for my return to employment presently. Like you, I can read and type (kind of). It’s good bc it requires no interaction on the spot – you just write whatever and send it into cyberspace. You can interact with readers at your leisure. Your perspective as a PT is valuable. I ❤ PT(A)s. Thank you!!

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