We All Struggle
By Charles Louis, Faces of Stroke Ambassador
Hello all. I hope that this blog finds you all blessed and doing well. I want to thank you for following me during my time as a Faces of Stroke℠ Ambassador for National Stroke Association. It has been a privilege for me.
During the holidays, people sometimes go through difficult times for various reasons. Some of them really struggle with the life that they have been left with, i.e., stroke, and can’t get past it. I know that for a while I struggled with “Why did this happen to me? What was I doing so wrong?” And so on and so forth. I volunteer on a call center line that gets phone calls from across the country and some of them just want to have someone to help them understand the unexplainable. And some of them just want to talk. I am glad that the Lord has given me the ability to hear and understand the un-understandable. (Hmmmm, I wonder if that group of words goes together? Oh well!)
For this reason, I still attend a couple of support groups (my stroke was in January ‘06) and after almost seven years, I still find them helpful because even though it might not be the same problem, it is the same reason for the problem—stroke. Of all the support groups that I go to, there is one that sticks out. The members are more like a family than a group of survivors. This is a place where survivors can feel safe in a chaotic world that doesn’t understand that although there may be physical problems that one can see, it the hidden ones that are the important ones and need to be attended to.
We all struggle in one way or another, whether or not it has to with stroke. I just want to encourage you not to give up. I understand firsthand about wanting to give up. I have lost (at this point in my life) the ability to drive and no longer live by myself, but I have to keep on and on and on(hey, I feel like the Energizer Bunny®! But don’t look like it!). It is a daily struggle.
As my time as ambassador comes to a close, I want to thank National Stroke Association, Taryn Fort, Anna Taylor, Ann Ahlers, Kevin Vicker (these are the people who help me post and edit my blogs) and the whole staff for thinking of me when they selected the first stroke ambassador(s)!
I want to leave you with this letter from a stroke survivor. The stroke took parts of the inward man but the soul of the man was left intact. I hope that whatever your stroke has taken from you that you can find it again. Maybe not the in the same way, but a different way that brings joy to your lives as survivors and to your caregivers.
It has been my honor and pleasure to “blog” to you. Thank you for taking the time to read. God bless you.