Emotions are racing and you move from shock, sadness, to concern.
Your NOT SURE EXACTLY what happens to the body when someone has a stroke, but you know enough to associate the word with a terrible medical event.
Majority of us would respond exactly the way I just detailed when hearing about MOST major medical events.
The word recovery ALMOST NEVER enters the mind. Fixation on the event itself set’s precedence, and we can’t fathom what a person going through a serious medical event endures after the onset.
A few major medical events and their possible recovery and treatment paths:
- Cancer leading to chemotherapy treatment.
- Stroke requiring open brain surgery leading to post-stroke rehabilitation.
- Arthritis leading to infusion treatments.
- Rare form of liver disease leading to transplant wait list. After transplant comes months of immunosuppressive medications to prevent the body from rejecting the new liver.
- Vestibular(balance) disorder leading to balance retraining through vestibular rehabilitation.
These major medical events require treatment protocols in attempt to heal the body.
These recovery modalities are often times painful, emotionally devastating, scary, physically taxing, ongoing and are accompanied with a slew of other unpleasantries.
This months 12-12-12 project, learning about brain AVM, has had a lasting impact on me.
Project member Sarah had TWO STROKES before the age of 35, YET that’s not where her story ends. Sarah had to endure several months of rehabilitation to gain her independence. She is left with daily physical reminders of the stroke.
SO when you hear that someone is going through a major medical event, find a way to support them beyond your initial shock. They are working to hold onto who they used to be while accepting the reality of a life that has been drastically altered.
Sarah shared with me an awesome blog called Hope Heals. The blog chronicles the life of a woman names Katherine Wolf and her message of hope after suffering from an arteriovenous malformation.
This video is the PERFECT example of how a major medical event can turn a person’s world upside down.