I had a very bad setback

Alon struggled with a setback in stroke recovery while traveling.

I had a very bad set back on January 2, 2017 in New York City.

My middle daughter and I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  We walked through every room at the museum, some even twice.

The killer was the stairs. My affected ankle and foot collapsed under me.  I made it to the 1st floor but my right foot and calf were inflamed.

My daughter and I managed to visit a few more tourist places, like Rockefeller Center.  But, due to my pain, we took the bus back to my parents’ home in Philadelphia.

The next morning, my dad took me to the emergency room. The nurse asked me to rate my pain, and I said it was a 2 or 3 on a scale of 1 to 10.  My dad interrupted me. “Alon is a stubborn man,” he said to the nurse.  I said, “I am stubborn but the shooting pain in my leg is an 8.”

The following day I brought my daughter home to San Antonio and then I took a return flight to Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta. However, Atlanta was canceling every flight because of the snowstorm on the east coast.  For the next 24 hours, I walked the terminals and underground waiting for the snow to cease. I eventually made it home, feeling exhausted but proud of what I had managed to endure.


Alon’s setbacks often fuel new ideas for AlonTree products. When you face a setback in stroke recovery, how do you push through it? What new things come out of your experience? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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