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Stroke Survivor

Jamaal is a father, son, brother and friend. He was also a remarkable football player at a Virginia university. At 30 years old, a stroke was the last thing on Jamaal's mind. In a matter of moments, however, it became the first thing on the minds of everyone close to him. Jamaal's stroke left him unable to speak or move the right side of his body. Jamaal has used a number of technologies at Sheltering Arms. Beyond these new devices, however, Jamaal has captured the hearts of many staff members. It is these human connections, along with those between Jamaal and his family members that have helped him the most. "I feel like everyone at Sheltering Arms is my family," says Jamaal. When you see his current and former therapists interact with him, it is evident that they feel the same way. Today, Jamaal is still working hard, exercising well beyond the requirements provided by his outpatient therapists and he has returned to his family. He lives with his mother, brother, daughter and his devoted Rottweiler in VA, and they embrace each moment they are able to spend together.

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