Getting Back To Normal
Flashy, high echelon successes will tell you how a Positive Mental Attitude carries the day? Stroke victims can do a hundred “I think I can”s an hour and never make a limb move. That poor limb might as well be attached to a grape vine for all the listening it does. Treating the residue of stroke is not easy or fun. The people that make the most progress are the ones with the most spirit. Some of the people receiving therapy at Jim Thorpe at the same time I was were so far gone I wouldn't have traded places with them in a million years. I watched one woman struggle relentlessly for an hour just to lurch her body over on its side. In a matter of minutes her workout clothes would be drenched with sweat, but she never once quit trying while they let her stay on the mat. Day after day, she worked to achieve just that one challenge. Kids talk about their champions dancing on the football field with cheerleaders chanting away that they can do it? They pale in comparison to the kind of champion she was.
Grit, pure grit, is what carries the day for stroke victims. You feel helpless, you quit trying, and you may be in a bed for the rest of your life. Maybe you'll be in a bed forever anyway, but don't make it be a sure thing. Don't let stroke beat you.