© 2016 by Debra Meyerson

IDENTITY THEFT

 

Rediscovering Ourselves after Stroke

​Identity Theft centers on my experience: my stroke, the challenge of recovery, and the journey to redefine myself. But every stroke is different – as are the survivors themselves and their paths back to more complete lives. So Sally Collings and I have interviewed dozens of fellow survivors,­ as well as family members, friends, colleagues, therapists and doctors. Their stories and perspectives are woven in with mine. I think this will be important in making Identity Theft useful to a broad range of survivors, their families, and their friends.

 

Identity Theft is still being written, but some elements are clear:

It will motivate. Many survivors, like me, see improvement for 5, 10 even 20 years after stroke. It takes continued hard work.

It will inspire hope. Many of us have regained capabilities we thought were lost forever, and have found ways to create full lives despite our disabilities.  

It will support survivors and families in their emotional journeys. Coming to terms with identity after stroke can be the most empowering part of the journey.   

I hope Identity Theft will lay the foundation for our collective voices to change expectations and the system, so that more stroke survivors will create the productive roles they deserve to reclaim. 

 

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SURVIVOR STORIES

Strokes, and other traumatic injuries, change the way we see things, especially ourselves. We can all learn from each others' experience.  These stories from the community are uplifting, inspiring, and heart-wrenching.

In 2010 at the age of 45 I had the first of two strokes, both caused by a clot. Prior to my strokes I lived life at a hectic pace, being self-employed and a mother of one. I enjoyed my hobbies, riding, swimming, walking, yoga and skiing, I was fit and healthy. I didn&#...

The children and youth that Laurel Fontaine volunteers with at her North Attleboro church adore her. And who wouldn’t? She’s got a lot to say, she has a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor, and she’s passionate about giving back.

It’s been a long road for Laurel....

On July 1st, 2013, I had just stepped off the plane in Orlando for a vacation with my fiancée when I got a phone call. It was from St. Louis, and I was told that my son had been murdered. My fiancée and I got on the plane right away—the longest plane ride of my life—to...

(Jim’s story has been written by his wife, Diane)

Healthy living was my husband's passion. He was a devoted runner and veteran of 32 marathons. As Fitness Program Manager for his division of the Air National Guard, he oversaw the physical fitness training of more than 1...

The following is excerpted from Paul David Wilson’s article, “Lost and Found.”

You can read the full article here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-david-wilson/lost-and-found-an-article-about-living-with-aphasia/10150413987590035/ 

On Friday, January 1, 1999, New Yea...

Before my stroke, I was very athletic. I played all kinds of sports, including basketball, soccer, football, softball, golf, and curling. I was also very adventurous. I loved to travel, visiting places as far away as Ireland and Italy and close to home as Monterey and...

I suffered it when I was 29 years old. By the time they identified it being a TBI there wasn't much they could do in forms of any of the medications that they were able to do. It was 2003, so I was deeply immersed in the dot com culture, and dot com, that very high pac...

On July 17, 1997, at the age of 37, I suffered a massive hemorrhage that resulted in a paralyzing stroke. At the time, I was at work, where I was a software support manager. When the hemorrhage occurred, it was like a volcanic eruption in my head. I couldn’t sit, stand...

I started an own company, environmental engineering, Robco has been engaged by a veritable “who's who" of Chicago business and industry, for 10 years. And, then I take my company for another 10 years on the road. I have investigated urban sites in 22 states that have b...

Headaches began really tormenting me in the summer of 2008.  They would come on suddenly as if I was being hit in the back of the neck with a 2x4 was the best way I could describe it.  They would come and go.  I went to multiple doctors trying to figure out the cause....

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