Welcome. You're among friends here. I had a well known friend who was able to recover from a stroke and even walk a half marathon after he did that. His story is very inspirational and I read it not only because I knew him personally, but also to help me cope with my fears of having my own surgery (which was spine surgery at Mayo). I'm talking about Pete Huttlinger, a gifted musician who was born with a very serious heart defect which ultimately caused a stroke later in life. He and his wife Erin wrote a book about his journey which talks about his struggles and victories and his choice to embrace the advances in medicine that saved his life several times. He was the first person to have an accessory heart pump installed and with that assist, he did train for and complete a half marathon. Pete was a skilled composer and performer and toured with John Denver and a really nice guy. His book talks about how he had to relearn how to play the guitar after his stroke and his thoughts about looking for the positive things in his life. You can find out about him on his website and there is a lot of YouTube on his music performance. I would recommend checking him out.