Hello to all, I would like to tell a story on an issue that most people don’t want to consider as being an illness. A few years ago, my aunt Gwen had a stroke and like most people with not much knowledge as to what that truly mean. I felt sad for her, but went on with my daily activities as if she would recover easily from a cold. It wasn’t until a friend invited me down to North Carolina for a visit that I had the chance to drive to her house in South Carolina to see her. It still didn’t hit me that her condition was far more worse that I thought, until I decided to stay with her for a few weeks. As I watched her move along her house trying to live a normal everyday life. I noticed how much this stroke has taken a serious hold of her. Her balance is off when she walks, she can’t remember much of anything from the past, her speech is slurred and so she cry while trying to explain a topic or just from a simple question asked. Suddenly, my sadness became fear. I was struck with a harsh reality that her life would never be the same. She doesn’t talk, walk or think the way she use too and I am stared for her. I watched a strong, funny and well rounded woman, change to a woman who has no control over her emotions, as well as her mobile skills. I know that some people really don’t take stroke victims as being disabled. They believe that just as long as they could speak, walk and make sense of some things, then they are not considered to be disabled. I say this, because I talked to my aunt Gwen about finding certain services that can come in her home to help out. Her responds was “I wouldn’t be qualified for that.” It is a shame how our agencies do not take a strong look at victims of a stroke. Well to all of you out there who truly believes that, I am here to say that you can not possibly know until you are physically around a stroke victim. This is a true illness and as soon as we all take a true look at it, then we can learn how to treat it as a disability. I hope this small blog help bring awareness! God Bless!

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