notes on strokes

podcast #2 october 6: Relearning to Run, the first steps

October 7, 2015

I April 2013, I had a stroke to the right side of my brain, that paralyzed the left side of my body.  That was over two years ago.  About six weeks ago physical therapist asked me what goals I wanted to work on.  I said, "I want to run again ( I had been a runner prior to my stroke) and I want to be able to run again."  so we went outside to do some basic exercises to get my arms and legs moving in a running tempo and rhythm. I quickly found the exercises to be very frustrating because I could not do them.  while I would like to blame my frustration on my stroke, knowing myself, I know that the frustration was the result of my own unwillingness to be a beginner.
you have to start somewhere when you are learning something new.  And for stroke survivors, relearning to do something you didbefore can be like starting over and as frustrating as that can be -- it is no reason to quit.  While my running therapy session was frustrating , it was fun and the start of a process that isi I am sure will get me back on the running trails if I am willing to put in the time and the effort.  things that matter take time to learn or relearn but they are worth the time.