13th anniversary of my stroke

Today, December 3rd, I celebrate my 13th anniversary of my catastrophic massive stroke due to a car accident brought on by a texting addict who was distracted and plowed her car into my minivan. Texting while driving is the equivalent of being drunk…

The brain surgeon told my family that, “Alon is a vegetable”.
I awoke from a 6-day long coma.

The doctor said to me, “You can’t walk, again.”
“Watch me!” I thought from my wheelchair.

And, all these years later, I walk, again. I even dance, horseback ride, hike, crawl like a baby, etc.

The speech therapist said to me, “You are going to be mute….”
“Watch me!” I practiced OUT LOUD big complicated words for six years. 

I can, now, properly format grammatic sentence structures to a stranger on the phone.

The physical therapist said, “Alon, you can forget the right-side of your body. Let’s only focus on your normal left side.”
“Watch me!” My AlonTree team devised several prototypes & products. We produced the AlonTwig (elbow brace), AlonGlove (so, comfortable & versatile to pick up & release objects with the customers’ gross muscles & fine muscles) & the AlonSeed (game for stroke recovery helps you improve memory and motor skills) as well as dozens of other prototypes.

I live alone. I shop for myself. I date. I drive, by myself, on road trips & errands. I lecture audiences. I discuss concepts & strategies with my employees. 

My new birthday is December 3rd of 2008. 

In Judaism, which I am a member, 13 signifies the age at which a boy matures and becomes a Bar Mitzvah. A full member of our Jewish ethnoreligious & nation.

L’Chaim! 

1 Comments

  1. brian forest on at 11:54 pm

    greetings just wanted to say that i relate alote to how you takle your stroke, doctors ssid id never walk again and ive pushed myself to walk my entire village my arm is harder to recover and in my research to find a way i found you and im in the process of aquiring twig and glove and possibly the slide im trying to recover enough to give the finger to the doctor who told me not to expect anymore recovery

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