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Caregiver Question

by June Brown
(Dallas, Texas USA)

Question: My boyfriend had a stroke and is coming up on his one-year anniversary of the stroke. He is doing well with the exception of his left hand, which he is working on with physical therapy. As his girlfriend and caregiver, how do I "handle" this upcoming occasion?


Answer: I think this really depends on the individual. For some, this may be a really traumatic day, some embrace the day and show great determination, and for others it may hold very little significance (probably also depends on severity of stroke). This is one of those questions where I may ask around on stroke forums and see what other stroke survivors say. My inclination would be to accentuate the positive in the sense of look how far you've come and here's to continued recovery and emphasize that you are there for him. Again, it totally depends on the individual.

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