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Stroke & Cerebrovascular Diseases | Last Active: Sep 18, 2022 | Replies (33)

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Yes, I am a high functioning stroke victim. I had my stroke about 1 1/2 years ago. I was also born with Cerebral Palsy. If you need daily assistance, contact your local United Way information and referral service, call a local In Hpme Assistance Agency, or ask your doctor for a referral. Assuming that you have insurance, contact your insurance company and ask for an evaluation for personal assistance.

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I know that there are high functioning stroke victims, I knew there just had to be. Thank you for being one. I must have found a very determined person who not only had a stroke but was also born with CP. If you were determined to function with Cerebral Palsy you would also be determined to function with a stroke and CP. Congratulations! Now if more people would not give up on themselves when they heard someone say "You had a stroke" or if the staff would not give up on then either. That way more people would become high functioning stroke victims and not chair bound, or bed, for the rest of their lives.

As long as I do not qualify for physical therapy anymore, sometimes I find it hard to leave my chair. My body reminds me to stretch in the morning, or sitting in front of the computer as I am reading something. I am still having trouble with my balance, not the kind where I might trip and fall – because my inner balance is very, very good. The balance I have trouble with, is when I am walking on carpet with lots of people or things in my way. My home is stroke friendly, I have areas that I do not go into very often so my walker goes with me. Walking on sidewalks with bumps and cracks requires a walker or an escort. Getting in and out of cars is very challenging. Some cars are very low then some are very high and some are just right. I have even gotten in and out of trucks. When you depend on others (wonderful friends) to drive, you take what you get. Today it was a low car, when her husband drives me it is a high car. Getting in the passenger side, or the back seat, is nothing like getting in the drivers side. On the drivers side you have the steering wheel to help, there is nothing on the passenger side or back seat to help. Even the seatbelt is on a different side. Between age and two strokes I do not plan on driving again, I've give away my car.

The insurance I have is one I wish everyone could have. It is only in limited places but very popular where it is. If a doctor request something for you, you get it. Cosmetic surgery is not covered, unless it is for medical reasons. Breast reductions they might do if it causes your back pain but if you want to have your breast enlarged you have to go off sight and pay for it.


Hi, @emgold2013 – like @mlmcg said, you must be very determined to function with cerebral palsy and with having a stroke, and I'd congratulate you also. You bring hope and encouragement to others who have gone through either of these medical conditions.

I'm wondering if you would share a bit more about your recovery process from your stroke?