Per Editor-in-Chief Dr. Robin Brey's invitation in “Life After Stroke” (August/September), I would like to share some advice based on my experience of recovering from two strokes.
Hire a lawyer, if possible, to work on any disability claims. Put together a great team, including the top neurologist in your area, and with a good internist as your quarterback. Do your physical therapy; I paid for this myself when insurance ran out, and I felt these were the most important dollars spent. Join a group like Weight Watchers to get your weight down to a healthy level. Get an assortment of therapies working for you—I tried massage and reiki—but never replace Western medicine and medications. Stay active mentally. And be persistent: I'm three years out from my second stroke; traditional wisdom says almost all recovery is done within two years, but I keep plugging away and seem to still be improving.
F. Todd Winninger
Coral Springs, Florida