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    What is your meaning of "Recovery"
    deborah163 posted:
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    As a stroke survivor, I am doing a research project that will examines the importance of rehabilitation process for stroke recovery. The
    significance of this project is to: identifying the needs of a stroke survivors, change societal perceptions, discover solutions to improve the rehabilitation process, and locate the meaning of recovery.

    Why I am doing this research project?

    This project is important to me because I had a stroke at the age of 31 in 2001 and the idea of stroke survivor is still a new concept to me. I always thought of myself as a victim. A victim of circumstances, a victim of hereditary, a victim without a perpetrator except my own body.

    The idea of "Survivor" never came in the picture, because then I would have to see myself as overcoming something I could not describe to anyone else, that did not share the experience of a stroke. Survivor meant I am seeking to recovery and have hope of one day being who I once was. Survivor seemed to be an impossibility to me, so I owned my victim status.

    I was wrong.
    I am a survivor because I had a stroke and I lived.
    I am a survivor because I had a stroke and I get tell other people about my experience.
    I am a survivor because had a stroke I still have hope to gain the things I lost.
    I am a survivor because had a stroke I still have dreams.
    I am a survivor because had a stroke I still can still learn.
    I am a survivor because had a stroke I still love myself and others.

    This research project is a way to come to terms with what I went through and define what "recovery" means to stroke survivors collectively.

    Please read my story and participate in my survey or questionnaire if you want to. There are also links to online support groups.

    Thank you.

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