Most stroke survivors agree that a stroke is a life-changing event. Kristi Brennan’s life was certainly changed a little over 9 years ago when she succumbed to an Ischemic stroke that impacted her right side, leaving her right hand with limited function. The stroke also caused brain damage and aphasia.
Kristi spent 3 and a half weeks in the hospital. She also had speech and occupational therapy where she had to re-learn the alphabet, and how to read and count. Although Kristi had a challenging career in the housing industry her brain damage and subsequent impairment have necessitated a less demanding job. Nevertheless, Kristi has been able to regain a much-improved quality of life. She now enjoys swimming, walking, biking, and playing with her boys. She is even training for a triathlon!
Despite the pervasive negative effects of the stroke and the challenges she has had to endure Kristi remains thankful for many things. “I am grateful to God, I lived and for my recovery. And I can drive.”
Kristi’s insights could be helpful to other stroke survivors. “I have learned that acceptance is most important. I just need to accept it and be effective with what I have. If you do not accept it you will suffer. Play the hand that was dealt to you.”
Kristi is definitely playing a winning hand. And that makes her a stroke survivor who can!
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