Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

General

Being here

I have been on an epic rollercoaster, known as my life. Let me delved into a Zen Buddhist koan about a person walking through the jungle and he see a ferocious tiger bounding after the man. Suddenly, he trip and falls over the edge of the ravine. He grabs a root as he free-falls. There…

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The four fatalities of my adult life

My ex-wife divorced me one year after my stroke, took away my children, and my livelihood.  My massive stroke took away the use of the right side of my body, and I was mute. Experiencing just one of the above events would have melted the pre-stroke Alon into an anxious numb entity. What’s changed?  I…

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Neuroplasticity

In 2008, I had a catastrophic massive stroke in the left hemisphere of my brain due to a car accident. I was 40 years old but  I couldn’t talk, write, or access my short-term memory.  I couldn’t use the right side of my body. My damaged brain’s map couldn’t access the muscle groups in my…

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The child with cerebral palsy and me

On Tuesday, I was sitting inside the San Antonio airport terminal. A little girl with cerebral palsy walked by with her family. She was pushing her four-wheeled posture control walker* as she crossed the aisle in the terminal. The little girl made a beeline right towards me and put her arms around me. She hugged…

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Stroke facts from the American Stroke Association

STROKE INCIDENCE, MORTALITY, AND DISABILITY • About 800,000 (approximately 795,000) people in the United States have a stroke every year, with about 3 in 4 being first-time strokes..• In the U.S., about as many people have a stroke each year (795,000) as a heart attack (790,000). • Someone in the United States has a stroke…

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Jewish sarcasm

During the flood of New Orlean, waters crept up and ruined the foundation of the houses of the parish. An old man sat on his roof to avoid the sewage of the water. A firefighter standing in the muck called to him, “Can I help you?” “No,” said the old man, “God will help me”.…

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Reflections through poetry

These selected poems were written after my car accident and stroke 9/22/2008 When you told me that you loved him, You turned on a particle accelerator and blew my atoms to bits. I did not know what was inside; thank you for giving me back to myself. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ I love the way your face shines…

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Enter My Childhood Basement

When I was eight, I’d stand in my basement peering up at the decade calendar which clung to the storage door.  I’d calculate the time when I would be a real grown-up.  Then, I would stop at 2008. My parents said to me, as a young child, “You better be settled with your life at…

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Jumping Far

Sept 21, 2014:   Today, I hesitate before I climb my stairs to go to the bathroom because not long before, I used to be a crippler, and I used to be scared of the staircase wearing my brace and my shoes.  Now, I pump out my barefoot going up the stairs and not touching my…

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