It takes a while after something like this to realize that the existing medical community knows nothing about recovering from a brain injury and you are completely on your own if you want to get better. Me, Dean, Barb, etc… We all know that we have to do our own research on recovering because we’ve all been at this for 3+ years. Well, in a few weeks I’ll be at 3 years post stroke. But the majority of you I think wound up on this blog because you or a loved one recently had a stroke and you’re within that first year or two. Now if you had a little itty bitty baby stroke or a TIA this is not directed at you. If you had a major event like I did and like most people here did and your entire life is completely turned upside down, this is for you. That first year – there’s going to be loads of support. Then it goes away because people go on with their own lives. That’s why a few years later you’re really gonna know who your friends are. That first year – you’re going to be scouring the internet for something that will make it all better. It doesn’t exist. That first year – you’re going to have a ton of doctor appointments and you’re going to think they’ll tell you something helpful and useful. Most likely, they will not. Basically, that first year is absolute hell. Do whatever you can to get through that first year, it gets better.
That First Year