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I came up to bed shortly after, hewas actually having his stroke.”Young says they were fortu-nate enough to have family and afriend at the house that night, andbetween all of them, they wereable to get him to the hospital intime. “The worst news when wegot there,” Young says “is that hisbrain was swollen. If the swell-ing didn’t go down, they weregoing to have to go in throughthe undamaged area of his brainand try and relieve the swelling.They told us that the best thingwe could do was pray, that it wasin God’s hands.“So I called our wonderful,faithful friends and told them tofocus their prayers on the swell-ing and getting that to go down.Somehow through the grace of God, he pulled through.”Young relates that Jeff was atRoper Hospital for three monthsrecovering. Fortunately their sonRyan was home at the time andhe was able to run the tennis pro-grams that Young normally man-ages so that she could stay at thehospital with her husband.During this time, Young be-lieves that the wonderful cama-raderie they share with the entiretennis community helped herhusband quickly recover from hisstroke.“They sent notes,” she said.“They came and sat with him.One friend made him a DVDfrom a state championshipwhere his team mates told himhow much they missed him andwished he was there. They evenput together a fundraiser thatgenerated $20,000 to help payfor medical expenses. Their kindwords and excited ‘we know youcan do it!’ and ‘we want you topull through!’ really motivatedJeff to keep trying.”Young says that Jeff’s will tokeep trying is one of the thingsthat she admires in him. “I’m notsure how I would have reacted,had it been me,” she says. “Imight have just gotten frustratedand given up.” But Jeff did notgive up.As part of his rehab, Jeff played tennis. Young said thatthis is something that was com-fortable and familiar to him, andit kept him focused. “When hemoved his body it stimulatedthe neurons in his brain and thishelped him to heal,” she says. “Atrst he couldn’t stand up, or evenspeak. He had to be harnessed just to be able to regain his bal-ance into a standing position.They gave him a tennis racquetand he’d try to hit a balloon thatthey tossed at him. He could onlydo this for two to three minutes ata time at rst.”Young was inspired by herhusband’s determination andfaith as she watched him play athis rst real tennis match again just one year after his stroke.“He has touched so many livesbecause of his ghting spirit.”Young says. “Watching him re-cover from something so deephas really moved me personally.He has this glow about him andhe inspires everyone around himand brings us all joy. He is such aloving person.”A smile can be heard inYoung’s voice as she recalls oneof the ways her husband showedhis loving spirit. “It was truly thesweetest thing,” she says “therst time he was able to say ‘Ilove you’ to me again after thestroke. He’d been wanting to sayit and had been unable. Withoutme knowing it, he’d been work-ing with his speech therapists onmastering it, so that when I cameinto the room one day he said, ‘Ilove you.’ and it was so beauti-ful. This experience really drewus closer to each other and ourfriends”.“He’s faced so much ad-versity and yet overcome every-thing.”Young nds it ironic thather husband Jeff got her and thewhole family into tennis and then,it was through tennis that theirfamily and the community wereable to bring him back to the ac-tive life he’d so enjoyed.The Maybank Tennis Cen-ter where Young plays is locatedoff of Folley Road on James Is-land. Those interested in lessonsor other information may call thecenter’s administrator at 843-406-8814.
Young elieves staying active over 50 is what helps her feel youth-ful and enjoys sharing her passion with students of all ages at theMayank Tennis Center. Pictured: Josh And Monica Goldstein, LeanneSullivan, Hannah Leshorn, Toni, Molly, Jonathan Hogue and CharlotteWilson.
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