MY POST STROKE JOURNEY

A Digital Collection

Glacier Park Lodge, 2019

Glacier Park Lodge, 2019

This is the transport vehicle for Glacier Park Lodge, isn't it great!? FYI, yrs ago, they were going to have to retire these vehicles due being so old & couldn’t be repaired; so Ford Motor Co stepped in & completely renovated the entire fleet in the entire park!!! At no charge!!! Now, there’s a huge fleet of them throughout the park, mainly for sightseeing!

Jane and I on our road trip, 2019!

Jane and I on our road trip, 2019!

Here we are at Mt. Rushmore! Quite the sight/site! :)

Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Teddy Roosevelt National Park

Isn't it gorgeous? I've managed so many steps this trip - a record of over 4,000 on just one hike! A milestone for me.

Polebridge, 2019

Polebridge, 2019

Polebridge is a tiny town NW of Glacier Park. We visited there because friends of ours who travel to Glacier 3-4 times a year & told us to go there. It has 2 structures only - the bar & the Mercantile, period!

Glacier Park, McDonald Falls

Glacier Park, McDonald Falls

What a beautiful place. Check out my instagram for a video of the falls!

A Perfect Manhanttan

A Perfect Manhanttan

On a perfect day. 2019, Yellowstone.

2019 Road Trip

2019 Road Trip

At a RV campsite in Glacier Park (53 degrees!) in front of campfire.

Jane and I, Christmas 2016

Jane and I, Christmas 2016

Here we are at the Desert Botanical Gardens enjoying the beautiful scenery!

Concetta, my best friend!

Concetta, my best friend!

Concetta (Coco) Beck and I have been friends since the 1st day of 1st grade! This is during a visit to El Paso at Christmas in 2015, Jane said Concetta told her "I have to lay my eyes on her!"

Old Faithful Geyser

Old Faithful Geyser

There she is erupting behind me! What a beauty!

NAU Bootcamp 2016

NAU Bootcamp 2016

Kali Nordin - a one of a kind woman I worked with at NAU during one of their bootcamps!

Driving on my own!

Driving on my own!

13 months post-stroke and I was back on the road! I loved getting my license, and independence back.

Pre-Stroke, 2014

Pre-Stroke, 2014

Here I am one year prior to my stroke in the UK on a hiking trip!

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Me in the UK, 2014

Can you tell we are both smiling?

St. Lukes

St. Lukes

Here I am at St. Lukes. A wonderful center!

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First Day Back Home

My t-shirt reads: Fight Like a Girl! Sara & Robin gave it to me - I love it!

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Spring Training! March 2016

First Spring Training Game Back! The KC Royals were playing!

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On the Ferry to Coronado 2019

2019

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Christmas

2016

Home in Munds Park

Home in Munds Park

My ‘practice stairs,’ built for me by our carpenter, Mike McGuire.

The Mule, May 2017

The Mule, May 2017

1st Time I'd been able to get into the Mule

Blog Encourager

Blog Encouragers

My former neuro therapists and current friends who encouraged me to put together this blog! Alyssa Bowen, Becca Bush, & Julie Carlson.

The Bioness H200

The Bioness H200

Click to see how wonderful recovery devices can be to help us through the daily life!

Jane and I

Jane and I

Where would I be without Jane?!

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Stroke Study at ASU

I participated in a stroke survivor study at ASU in Tempe in 2018. This was the slip/fall portion of the study where the treadmill’s software simulates a trip/fall experience & you must “recover” from falling. It would be like being on an escalator or moving sidewalk & it abruptly stops & you must recover from a potential fall. Very interesting study!

Hiking in Flag!

Hiking in Flag!

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My First Mile

Walked my 1st mile on the treadmill at SWAN without stopping. (We, the patients, “fondly” called it the DREADMILL!) Tough work for us!

Stroke Walk 2017

Stroke Walk 2017

My team of supporters!

My team of supporters!

Stroke Walk 2017

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Stroke Walk 2017

Find a walk near you.

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Tryke Event, 2017

My wonderful group of SWAN therapists!

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Recumbent Tryke

Me on the Recumbent Tryke, 2017

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Tryke Event, 2017

Me and the Tryke Organizer, Danielle

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I finished!

The finish line at the Tryke event!

My brother Greg an I

My brother Greg an I

Greg is one of my two older brothers. He's 3 years older. He flew down from Austin to help us during the week I got home from St. Luke's Acute Rehab. I was using a device at the time called a Hemi-Walker ("half"-walker). I also had a sling on my arm to prevent a post-stroke complication called a "shoulder subluxation."