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    aspenron posted:
    agree that for some people, rehab with bodywieght is more effective. I suffered a hypertensive stroke about ten years ago, Was partially paralyzed onthe left side of my body, due to a brain bleed on the right side. checked into the hospital @ 212/161. When released, went through 8 days of rehab, to slow for me at the ae of 46, Started walking up and down the halls trying to reproduce the muscle action in my right foot and leg, then went to the beach spent hours doing the same thing, digging my toes in the sand when wwlking, Happy to say 10 years later regained about 80 % of my strength, and still improving. Takes time and patience, and dedication. the process never ends, get used to it.

    Goodluck, and good health
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    Richard C Senelick, MD responded:
    You are absolutely correct in what you say and are an excellent model for what stroke recovery is all about. Rehabilitation is all about using all the tools that are in the toolbox or at least the ones that are appropriate.

    I often use the analogy of rehabilitation with a therapist as learning to ride a bike with training wheels. At some point you take off the training wheels and keep going. The therapist is there to help when needed, but you have to keep up the program.

    You are a perfect exmaple of how improvement can continue for a many years. Congratulations and keep up the good work, particularly as you spread the message.

    Good luck
    After your stroke you may be experiencing a new normal, but remember what George Eliot said. It is never too late to be what you might have been. You still can achieve new goals.
    mo4761 replied to Richard C Senelick, MD's response:
    Thank you very much for that word of incouragement. I am 33 years old and recently had a stroke and my new normal is very emotionally challenging but really appreciate the reminder of how it's not too late. Thanks again.

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