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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.

  • 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 ›

  • Signature

    Buying a house in another far-off state at the same time as selling your current one is a hell-ish process and I don’t recommend it.  Unless you’re like me and you’re absolutely suffocating in your current location and need to… Read More ›

  • St. Petersburg

    I’m closing on my house in Florida tomorrow.  I finally feel like for the first time in my life I’m really doing my thing, what I want and not conforming to some vision that other people came up with as… Read More ›

  • Sitcoms

    The idea for this blog post has been rattling around in my brain for a while so I finally decided to get it out of there and write it. Apparently, having a stroke is hilarious.  I’ve noticed on several TV… Read More ›

  • I can’t wait to move…….

    Received this email yesterday, enjoy.   “Hello Amy,   My name is ———– and I’m the Director of Communications at —— Hospital. I saw your post on life after a stroke. It’s great to see you’re already publishing content informing… Read More ›

  • Filter

    I have written about this many times in the past, but I’ve been corresponding with someone over e-mail that said something to me that was upsetting. Here is the blurb from the e-mail that got to me…..   “Immediately after… Read More ›

  • Life After Stroke

    One major thing I learned the first few years after my stroke is that depending on who you talk to, you’re going to get an incredibly different impression of life after stroke.  There is a gigantic difference between talking to… Read More ›

  • Checking In

    For a long time this blog, aside from being pretty informative, was a gathering place for stroke survivors, a place where people connected and felt understood when they felt like no one in their real life understood anything. And uhh,… Read More ›

  • Relocation

    I’m moving south.  I’ve had issues with depression and anxiety and all that fun stuff since my teens, but since the stroke my mental health has absolutely bottomed out and gone kaput. Since the stroke, I experience intense, severe Seasonal Affective… Read More ›

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Someone left a comment on my relocation post that said what I’m doing (moving to Florida) in order to treat the intense Seasonal Affective Disorder that I experience will be no more than a placebo effect if it works.  Nope,… Read More ›

  • Walking Bike

    I want this both for myself and my future therapy gym. From Dean. walking bike for stroke rehabilitation Massive amounts of therapy available in one intervention. Balance. Walking. Upper limb extension. Hand grasping. Sensation – Wind blowing over skin. So… Read More ›

  • Dizziness and Nausea

    I just received this email….. “Good day. My brother had a stroke of the left cerebellum a month ago. He had decompression surgery and was in Critical care for 3.5 weeks. He went to rehab 4 days ago but he… Read More ›

  • Pseudobulbar Affect

    Hi everyone!  I needed to come back to the blog and write a post about this because I’ve been talking a lot about it and trying to explain it to my hubby in the last few days.  It’s oh so… Read More ›

  • New Life

    I’m getting married next month to the most wonderful man who ever existed on the planet.  He might not be real.  He is an empath, he is the funniest human being ever, and he is the most brilliant man I… Read More ›

  • Peer-reviewed

    This makes me so sad. Figure out stuff for yourself because no one will do it for you. No one figured out anything for me.  NOT.A.THING.  I’ve learned to only depend on myself. Evidence-based medicine sure as hell doesn’t mean… Read More ›