I am very pleased to be involved with this event. I am a stroke survivor 6 years post. I also have aphasia. I will do all I can to keep stroke awareness in the forefront as we never give up.
My body does not have any paralysis so I am able to walk and run. However as a result of my stroke I have trouble understanding words. When I first had my stroke I could not speak, read or write. I also cannot see out of my right side. Due to that I am always looking to my right side.
As a survivor I have become a Stroke Survivor Coach. However, at this time I cannot be a trainer due to my brain injury as a result of my stroke. Since my reading, writing and memory have been compromised, studying and taking tests presents a great challenge. I will never give up trying to be a certified trainer.
We have exercise classes at the SCC. Having an amazing trainer (Nancy Selden) that has helped me guide other survivors through our classes. When I began being a coach during our classes I would watch everyone through the mirrors. Now I am able to mirror other survivors. When they went on the right I would mirror them on the left. If they were on the left I would be on the right. Sometimes I would make mistakes but I have gotten better.
The Comeback Trail experience represents just that, I am coming back to life as was everyone else who participated. It was a new challenged that I was willing to take on. Challenges are not as scary as they used to be and that is why as a survivor We Never Give Up!!