May 12, 2021 at 4:51 am #39185Pearl MbekwaParticipant
Hi there,I live with my 73 year old mom who suffered a stroke and has speech apraxia (struggles to communicate verbally) and certain neuro-cognitive skills are degenerated. She is otherwise active and can move around independently.As an only child with a full time job this is quite a physical, mental and emotional challenge. On her end, as a formerly, and in many ways, still fiercely independent woman, my mom’s condition has her in a state of mild depression and anxiety . I believe that she will benefit from meeting others who have gone through a similar situations. Please let me know if you are part of, or know if any support groups in Joburg and Occupational therapy options.
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July 2, 2021 at 10:25 pm
On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 11:11 AM Strokefocus Member Services <
I applaud you for having the courage and compassion to reach out for your
Mother during this critical part in her life. When one has a stroke (24 yrs
post) there are so many moving pieces going on at once it can become
overwhelming. While it can be a hard pill to swallow for some, our chemical
makeup in our brain changes. Depending on where the stroke occurred it can
change different parts of your “moods”.
Thus, altering who we once were pre-stroke. We find in our community that
depression is a huge factor one endures after a stroke. You are right!
Being amongst those who have gone through similar “circumstances” is a
great way to get through the ups and downs of depression. We have a virtual
community where you can connect with all types of survivors, warriors, and
you must take care of yourself… We have care-givers too!! We have a show
coming up on Friday the 14th discussing stroke & depression: How they
navigated through it all. I hope you can tune in 😀 If you search-
Determined Show on Facebook you can connect that way also search-
-DeterminedTV Live on YouTube
-Mark Garman on Facebook
Feel free to reach out any time.
May 12, 2021 at 9:16 am
The following are some replies the Strokefocus team has got for your post:
Whilst I cannot assist with support groups in Gauteng (I am sure you will get many responses in this regard), it is important that you consider Augmentative and Alternative Communication tools for your mom to assist her with communication, if she has not already received such assistance.
“I am in the south east United States. But no matter where you are in the world you have to understand and take charge of your life that requires that you take the circumstances you have and deciding that you will do the best you can with them.
It is not worth your anxiety because you can not change them, but you can decide how you choose to limit them, because no one can make you change what you feel or why you feel that way but individually you need to decide for yourself to make your life worth the most.
It can be your worth is your feelings what other people think or say can not force a change in your worth forgive yourself for what you can’t do anymore and concentrate on what you can cherish the new things you will find you know and can do well “
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