My journey began after I suffered a stroke in 2011 at the age of 50. Like many others, I needed someone to relate to; someone who had walked in my shoes. I wanted to be the face of stroke recovery and to bring comfort and hope to others like myself. With the assistance of one of my physical therapists, I became a volunteer patient care liaison for Glens Falls Hospital Center for Acute Rehabilitation. This position awarded me the opportunity to meet a group of individuals instrumental in bringing my vision for Steps for Stroke to light. Click here to email me!
After suffering a stroke in 2008 at the age of 48, I needed to know I wasn’t alone as a young stroke survivor. I kept thinking that if I could speak to someone who had experienced my same situation, I would know what to expect. It was for this reason I became involved with Steps for Stroke in 2014. People need to be educated about stroke and to know they are not alone.
After my stroke in 2006, I left the hospital after 3 weeks feeling like I had no idea what to expect. I felt like I had no idea what had happened to me. I needed to be educated and I needed people to talk to. I needed HOPE. Steps for Stroke gives survivors those opportunities. Most importantly we remind people they are not alone.
When my husband had his stroke I became his primary caregiver. Although we had physical therapy services after discharge, we felt like once we walked out of the hospital doors we were on our own. I knew nothing because no one told me anything. Caregivers, in addition to patients, need to be informed. They need hope and guidance and that is what we aim to provide.
My traumatic brain injury occurred May 15, 2011 after a fall. After I awoke from a coma in Philadelphia and stabilized, I returned to the Glens Falls area for my rehabilitation. I began sketching and it was my art that helped me through recovery. I became connected with Steps for Stroke to help make a difference in the recovery of fellow stroke survivors.