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.