2008-11-07 / Letters

PHC Stroke Support Network

Dear Editor,

Kudos to the TBI Stroke Support Group of the Peninsula Hospital Center and Peninsula Center for Extended Care and Rehabilitation.

Having been a stroke patient at this wonderful hospital and a stroke survivor myself, I was so elated when I was selected to be one of the speakers at the new Stroke Support Group on September 25. As they say, "Who better than the sufferer to know the pain of arthritis." - only a stroke survivor can tell you the horror you feel as you begin the journey after a stroke - it is a life-long journey and sometimes, a lonely one.

The Stroke Support Group reaches out to the lonely ones out there who have suffered a stroke and the worried ones who take care of them. Together with the medical care providers, this group of supporters helps to make this lonely and uncertain journey as comfortable and free from worry as possible. I am not embarrassed to say that the number of people who turned out was impressive. All of a sudden, I felt loved, happy and secure in the midst of people I could share experiences with, look to for advice and learn a thing or two from them as to how to take care of myself.

The Stroke Support Group, amongst other things, helps me realize that there are others like me every day - looking for others of the same kind to be with. I am proud to be a member of the stroke support group. I hope others will know the joy of coming to this group.

You are welcome — Stroke Survivors, Caregivers and Physicians, this is from me — I AM A SURVIVOR I may not be able to run or jump BUT, I CAN MOVE. I may not be able to speak or sing like you might want me to BUT, I CAN STILL TALK I may not be able to lift a chair or table BUT I CAN STILL FEEL I may not have the strength to break a chicken bone BUT I CAN STILL TASTE I may not be able to run the mile with you or dance the stage BUT I HAVE COMPANY- FRIENDS AND RELATIVES AND YOU, and that makes me feel good. I may not be able to live the life I used to live, BUT I AM ALIVE. I may have had a stroke BUT THE STOKE DID NOT HAVE ME. I AM A STROKE SURVIVOR - I AM A SURVIVOR!!

JOY DUMNOI

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