You’ve beaten the odds of surviving a stroke and there is nothing more precious than being alive after having a near-death experience. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time and it can affect everyone in various ways. But guess what? You’re a survivor and you can live a successful, healthy and productive life.
Although you or your loved one may be experiencing some changes after the stroke, things will get better and improve over time. When someone experiences stroke symptoms, it forms as a “brain attack”. Usually, when a stroke comes on you may experience sudden dizziness, a headache and numbness in your limbs on one side of your body.
Here are some of the common stroke disabilities or symptoms you may be experiencing after your stroke:
- Thinking, perception, and memory difficulties
- Vision complications
- Emotional/ behavioral problems: difficulties controlling mood swings
- Challenges with speech or understanding language
- Problems relating to paralysis or movement
- Adjusting to being a caregiver or providing self-care.
A stroke usually happens when a blocked artery or when a blood vessel within the brain bursts cutting off the flow of blood and oxygen to your brain causing your brain cells to die.
This unfortunate health crisis can cause death or a disability depending on the severity of the stroke which could result in permanent damage within the body. The damage can impact your mobility, your way of life and your mood and personality.
Sometimes these sudden changes can be difficult to overcome especially if you were independent and now have to depend on your family to be a caregiver.
The adjustments can take some time to get used to but you can still live life to the fullest if you come to grips with yourself that although it’s tough now, you are a survivor and an overcomer.
Here are a few helpful tools we’ve gathered to assist you and put you on the road to recovery after surviving a stroke:
Before we talk about pain or any other symptoms get your support team together. You will need all the emotional and physical help possible to get you through these challenges. Your doctor may have a rehabilitation plan for your health going forward depending on areas of the body that were affected by the stroke.
For example, your rehabilitation plan may include a speech pathologist, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and more. This team of professionals will help you strengthen your limbs that may have been paralyzed by the stroke. You may have to relearn your