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When I started this blog in 2012 I thought my life was over and I said in this ‘About Me’ section that “I used to be a physical therapist.” Now, I’m back to work as a physical therapist with an ENTIRELY different perspective and treatment methods.

I had a massive stroke at the age of 30. It’s a lot more common for a young person to have a stroke than anyone thinks. I could’ve taken a continuing education course about strokes but I decided to have one instead. I’m getting a much better education this way.

  • Shattered Life

    A few months ago, I promised to start blogging again consistently and I haven’t so I want to apologize to anyone that might have been counting on that.  I got a lot of heartwarming messages that made me cry having… Read More ›

  • Sensitivity Training

    There needs to be a mandatory worldwide sensitivity training course.  Particularly in this wonderful country that I live in. It’s very sad that it took years after a horrible, life-changing brain injury for the people in my life to understand… Read More ›

  • Straws

    This blog of mine has over 450 followers and I really hope that someone who reads this has or knows someone who has decision-making powers at a restaurant/café/coffee shop, what have you.  This whole push for straws to be used… Read More ›

  • Talking

    I finally feel, after 7+ years, that I speak normally again.  Well, not normally but pretty normal.  Many, many people have told me since about 2 or 3 years out that I sound absolutely fine, my voice is fine.  Well,… Read More ›

  • He gets it.

    Took a few years, but he gets it now. This is my husband’s contribution of part of the article that I recently wrote for Healthline.com. To Others Caring for Someone with Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA): Have Empathy Someone drew us as cartoons… Read More ›

  • Listicle

    An editor from the online health magazine Healthline contacted me and asked me to write a contributing article about Pseudobulbar Affect (PBA). Here it is. I’m convinced that PBA is the worst thing in the whole wide world.

  • Never Mind

    Let me preface this story by saying that I have the best, most empathetic husband ever and I can’t believe I found him.  That said, on with the story…..(I asked him if I could write about this) It’s hard for two… Read More ›

  • Reverse Direction

    I was just lying on the floor on my stomach (prone position) and it felt really good. I had been sitting upright in a chair for a long time today doing work so it felt good to change position. You know… Read More ›

  • “Why do you go up with the good and down with the bad?”

    This question is asking about ascending and descending stairs. Sometimes, looking at the search terms that were used of how people ended up on my blog is a great way to give me an idea for a new post.  This… Read More ›

  • Brain Fog and Migraines

    Aside from fatigue, which is a whole other dimension of disability and always deserves its own post when talked about – it is never to be combined with the hundreds of other things that I deal with.  Anyway, BESIDES fatigue, as far… Read More ›

  • Savant

    I was listening to NPR yesterday and they were interviewing a man that fell into a pool, got knocked out, and woke from his concussion a musical savant, having never played the piano in his life.  He said he can’t… Read More ›

  • Fatigue

    Years ago, I wrote a post about post-stroke fatigue, I’ve written about this subject quite a lot….Anyway, I remember Dean leaving this comment on some post, “7 years later and fatigue is still a bitch.”  Well, now I’m at that point. … Read More ›

  • All squares are rectangles, but…..

    A baseball player recently collapsed during a game and it was revealed the next day that it was due to a brain hemorrhage.  My husband asked me what the difference is between a brain hemorrhage and a stroke.  Well, a… Read More ›

  • Survivor Guilt

    I miss the days when my blog was super active.  It had become a real supportive place on the internet for other people who have had a stroke.   NO ONE else will ever begin to understand what we went through. … Read More ›

  • Climate

    Climate change makes a hell of a difference. That is, moving to a warmer climate. For me, personally. I’ve lived in Florida for two months and I realized yesterday that I haven’t had a migraine since about the first week… Read More ›