About Me

Hi Everyone –

My name is Marie and I am a wife, mother and stroke survivor!  I had my stroke in March 2012 at the age of 47.    Having a stroke was a complete shock to me, and yes, it ticked me off!

When I had my stroke, it affected my right side.  I had no use of my right arm or leg/foot.  My speech was affected.  I slurred words & although I knew what I wanted to say, I couldn’t get the words out.  My memory was also affected.

After just over a  year of PT, OT & speech therapy, I am doing much better. I still have memory issues, as well as “melt downs” when I get  too tired.  But I have the use of my right arm again, although my shoulder and hand hurts sometimes & they both get weak at odd times.  While the strength in the right leg came back, I was left with something called drop-foot (or foot-drop depending on who says it).  This means that without an aid to help me walk, my foot turns down/in and drags.  At times it gets really painful, as well as being a pain in the butt!

I use a great piece of technology called a Walk-Aide.  It’s an electrical stimulation device that basically “zaps” the nerves in my leg when I am walking, telling my brain to lift my foot, so I don’t drag it.

I hope you enjoy my blog.

14 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hola Marie

    One Friday Morning in August 1986 I was hit by a driver who failed to obey The Yield Sign . I was riding my bicycle to work that morning. As the years went on – at times I would “feel odd”. No-one figured it out that I was having “Minnie Strokes”/ TBA’s.

    As Fred Stanford would say —“The Big One” came May 2005. I say all of this because I think I know how you feel and what you are going through ( speech – memory – twix’ing word’s or meaning’s and the list at times is long ).

    My Bicycle Peddling Days went away because I now ride a bike the same manner as I walk — like a drunk at 2 AM that is headed for their car.

    This is where A Trike comes into the picture. As long as I am sitting down – I can maintain my balance . Because this happened while I was on active duty — The VA insisted that I ride every trike in sight. A log of each Pro and Con was kept.

    As said by all that have responded and by looking at yourself — it takes time and sometimes we all seem to “side backwards a little”. Here in Colo Spgs The Memorial Hospital has a great staff and The City has a Therapeutic Recreation Program that enhances The Quality of Life.

    Please keep looking out and up vs down and behind.

    Rodger
    COS

    • Thank you so very much! I will be trying to vary my content so its not all the same “oh I had a stroke, poor me” type stuff. I am so very happy to be able to tell people that I am a stroke SURVIVOR, not a stroke victim.

  2. Hello Marie. I am a 57-year-old artist and homemaker and I had a hemorrhagic stroke a year ago which left me unable to use my left arm or leg. I have been doing OT and PT and I’m able to walk, not nearly as well as I need to in order to leave my house safely alone and take the subway (I live in NYC), but my left arm and hand are still not functional which means I am unable to work in my house or at my job. I was very happy to read that you had regained the use of your arm, and I was wondering what types of therapy you did. Thanks.

    • Julia – So Glad to have you here! By anyone’s standards, my stroke was mild. My therapy consisted of occupational therapy which involved LOTS of hand/finger/eye coordination, like trying to just pick up the blue beads in a bowl with many colors. Or trying to pick up old fashioned clothes pins, with the springs, and clipping them on a pole starting from the bottom to the top. That, for me, was hard! I actually bought some cheapy ones at the $.99 store and came home and used my mini-blinds as the pole! That exercised my arm muscles and got to be gradually raise my arm higher and higher. Any more questions, give me a shout!

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