One of the most amazing things to me is watching my daughter Kora recover from her stroke. I think of her every night, and it’s a great thing to know that I have a supportive network of family and friends who are there for her. This is especially true since she has been diagnosed with a form of cerebral palsy. The road to recovery is a long one, but it will be a smooth one.
I have always been a fan of science, and I’m particularly fascinated by the way science can make a blemish disappear. My daughter’s stroke is just a small bump on the road to recovery, but the journey will be an eye opening experience.
One of the biggest challenges is to keep a positive attitude. It’s hard not to let the nagging feeling of inadequacy get the better of you, but a good friend is a guiding force. They are there for the long haul and have given me the confidence I needed to take on the challenges ahead.
A lot of the best ideas can be stifled by the confines of a hospital room, but a community of like-minded friends and neighbors is the best way to find support. There are many resources available to help, and a network of trusted supporters is a key to a speedy recovery. For example, a support group such as the Stroke Recovery Support Network (SRSN) has been instrumental in keeping me sane while I get back on my feet. Having a community to turn to for support helps me focus on the most important thing: my daughter.
As a mom to a child with a stroke, I’ve learned to take the small steps. Fortunately, her quality of life is good. She has the chance to learn how to use a cane and a wheelchair, but she’s still got a long way to go. However, her recovery is on track and she’s proving that even the worst of times can be turned around. That’s the true miracle of modern medicine.
The best news is that my daughter is recovering, and her health is good enough that I can return to my former lifestyle. Although there’s no guarantee she’ll ever walk again, Kora is making progress and the SRSN has been an integral part of her healing process.