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The Year I lost when I had a Stroke

76 pages48 minutes


Gerda, 75, lives in Greenville, North Carolina. A former war
child from Germany, she’s a person of great courage, accustomed
to face challenges. She has traveled the globe by herself,
given readings as an author at world-famous venues. But above
all, she’s a healthy person.
Out of the blue, she gets a stroke. And all of a sudden, she’s confronted
with an unknown helplessness and uncertain future.
So is her son Michael, a risk manager. From one day to the next
his mother becomes his „client number one.” Making his first experiences
as a patient advocate, he gains a second full-time job.
He organizes an e-mail communication with friends of the family,
sharing any relevant news with them and appealing to their
support, to motivate his mother. A visit, phone call or post card
is enough.
Meanwhile Gerda is in good hands, doing a rehab.
Gerda can return home and focus on the healing process, regaining
her independency and resuming her life. Instead of some
smaller setbacks, each day is an improvement. Soon, Gerda can
go back to the rehabilitation center – for an outpatient therapy.

A book that does not only tell the story of a stroke patient, but is
“a good reminder ... to never give up, regardless of the endeavor.”
Because “it’s worth it.”

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