Surviving a Stroke

Barbara is 66. She had a stroke at 21. After her stroke she had aphasia (communications disorder from brain injury) and lost the use of her dominant side. She had to relearn how to speak and she had to learn how to do everything with her non-dominant side. Her recovery took 10 years and in that time she went to graduate school for speech communication. Since then she went back to graduate school at NYU for rehab counseling; co-founded a summer camp in New Mexico for teenagers with head trauma; became a yoga instructor; wrote a book and did an international tour for 10 years; has done rehab and mental health counseling, and psychotherapy; and is currently becoming certified in wisdom healing of Quigong. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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