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Renea P.

Family & Caregiver

My Dad

My 78 year old Dad suffered a stroke on November 30, 2011. The stroke took his right side and his speech. He worked up until about a year before his stroke, so it has been hard for him and for his family to accept this new Dad.

My Dad suffered his stroke on the day that his newest great-grand daughter came home from the hospital. By the next morning, he suffered another stroke. This one took his right side and his ability to form most words. Through the work of some wonderful therapist who come to his home he has made great strides. I moved in with my Mom and Dad to help care for him. My Mom broke her arm and had to wear a cast for the last six weeks. I have siblings, but they don't have the time to help, they just don't know what they are missing. I get to see my Dad do something new every day. Every little achievement is something really huge to me. We have grown even closer through this time. He can still get a joke, and occassionally will even try and tell one. I love my Dad, and even though it is hard to see him going through this, and sometimes it is hard work, I wouldn't trade it for anything except for it to have never happened. But, since it did, I just try to make the most of it. I thank God every day that I still have my Dad in my life to take care of, and I thank God for great therapists.


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