Book Worth Reading: ‘Stronger After Stroke’

Although it turned out that I hadn’t had a stroke, I still found many things in this book that I could relate to, especially a chapter about finding a purpose in your life despite any disabilities you may have.

So the day after the story about my case was published as the “Medical Mystery” in The Washington Post, I was riding home after a long, exhausting day at Johns Hopkins outpatient rehabilitation therapy, I remembered the chapter from “Stronger After Stroke” by Peter G. Levine  on finding a new purpose in your life. I realized how many of us brain injury survivors are isolated in our homes, no longer able to live independently.

That day, I had met several other brain injury patients while waiting between appointments. Several of them were in their 20s, with injuries sustained in car accidents, who were still having issues and were isolated at home, while their friends were at college or work. I just came across  a Facebook group for the younger crowd Peter mentioned in a post on his blog. It’s called Young Stroke Survivors Global Network.

My brain injury didn’t happen until I was 59. It was a lot easier for me to accept at that age; I had already had a career, two beautiful sons, and even grandchildren.

I remembered the chapter from “Stronger After Stroke” on finding a new purpose in your life. I realized how many of us brain injury survivors are isolated in our homes, no longer able to live independently. But what if it had happened when I was 20? My life, as I knew it, would had been just getting started.

Thus the idea of a blog, eventually christened ournewnormal.support, seemed the best way to reach other brain injury survivors and their caregivers.

How has your life’s purpose changed since your injury or diagnosis? How are you coping? If you can offer any suggestions to aid in our recovery, or the well-being of our caregivers, please share them in the Comments section below. I would also be very grateful for any leads on hopeful or inspiring people’s stories I can share.

We may be limited in mobility, but we still have talents  and can make a difference to others who are struggling, be they survivors or caregivers.

This is my attempt to be of service to my new “tribe.”

I hope you will join me on this daily journey, as we trudge the road to happy destiny.

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