The Journey Makes You Stronger

Sandra and I had only been married for a little over a year when our lives were changed forever.  In December of 2005, Sandra had a blood vessel which burst in her head causing a stroke leaving left side weakness.  Luckily, Sandra had already been admitted to the hospital otherwise she may not have survived.

I was fortunate enough to be able to take several months off from work to assist with physical therapy, taking Sandra too many doctor visits and assisting at home.  Initially, it was very hard to watch her struggle to feed herself, sit up in bed, and eventually walk again, but Sandra had always been a fighter and had told me on several occasions, she “Comes from a long line of ‘Tough Old Birds’.”

After years of therapy and isolation, we were so glad to have found a group different than support groups within “We’re MOVING FORWARD!” Sandra and I have met so many wonderful people who understand the journey and the activities “We’re MOVING FORWARD!” continues to be something we both and even our daughter, Sonae can enjoy.  Now, it’s been over 10 years and Sandra’s spirit, love for life and family continues to inspire me. Sometimes the up’s and downs of life can truly make you stronger.