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Enjoying the Holidays After a Stroke

by: Kathi Koll on

After my husband suffered a catastrophic stroke in 2005, the holidays didn’t seem so merry. I found myself yearning for our life before Don became paralyzed from the neck down and had to use a respirator to breathe. Everything about the holiday season seemed to emphasize how our old life was gone and how our present reality was nothing either of us had wanted. Those first couple of holiday seasons were an often painful challenge. How could I manage the increased expectations and activities? Even going to a Christmas party required so much effort. How could I get through more