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Kathrynne S.


In March of 2005, Kathrynne S. owned her own boutique hotel and was president of the local chamber of commerce. A young widow, she was working hard and planning for her retirement. She was a mother of three adult daughters and grandmother to eight. Kathy was a mover and a shaker‐‐a businesswoman on the go! Just days before her 58th birthday, however, Kathy suffered a severe hemorrhagic stroke. The stroke mainly affected her speech and mobility of the right side of her body. But that hasn't stopped Kathy! She went through a rigorous initial rehabilitation and graduated from physical therapy, getting out of her wheelchair within months to walk all the way to ring that bell! While she currently uses a wheelchair, Kathy does use a walker on occasion, especially when stairs or a hard‐to-reach area stand in her way. Kathy has worked hard to counter the effects of aphasia, working with speech therapists and various assistive devices, to be able to say the names of her children and grandchildren. She has also re-taught herself to write with her left hand and practices writing every day. She reads voraciously, plays computer games and loves the challenge of working word puzzles. Since her stroke, Kathy has held two more newborn grandchildren in her loving arms. She danced at her godson's wedding. She has had tea parties with her youngest grandbabies and cheered on sports sidelines for the older ones. She has taken road trips and enjoyed countless birthday and holiday parties. And she continues to create new memories with family and friends. Kathy S. is a stroke survivor who lives life to the fullest and strives every day to take yet another step forward. Kathy and those who love her consider these past five years a blessing and look forward to whatever comes‐‐together!


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