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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.

  • 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 ›

  • 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 ›