July 25, 2002 I checked into a hospital in California for bypass heart
surgery. I did not know it at the time, but that morning would be the
last morning I was to walk. Sometime between the time I climbed
onto the gurney and when I awoke in the CVICU I survived a stroke.
I spent the first ten years after my stroke "getting my
life back". I had to re learn how to dress, feed and take care
of myself. I also had to learn how to use mobility aides such as a
wheelchair, transfer board, shower chair and eventually a walker.
It has been a long journey for myself and my wife.
The journey has been filled with many blessings. The journey has
also contained more successes than failures. When there was failure I did not let it stop me - I used it
to push onward in my recovery.
Ten years later I am living in Webb city Missouri.
I volunteer in the Joplin community as a lunch buddy through
volunteer at Freeman Hospital as a path finder - I escort hospital
visitors from the main information desk to various locations within the
I've created and currently maintain
I Survived A
Stroke, a website that offers resources and support for stroke
survivors and their caregivers, friends and family. The website
links to a
blog about my stroke recovery and other stroke related posts.
I also maintain
a personal blog where I share my thoughts on a wide range of topics