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Craig M.


Craig is the youngest of five sons born to Rev. C. and the late Mrs. Bertha L. M. He grew up in South Carolina where his father pastored in a Methodist church for over 36 years. Craig, at a very young age, was interested in music. He became Minister of Music at age 13 at his Methodist church and continues to serve in that capacity. Craig played several sports. His greatest passions are running and, especially, golf. Craig was diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension in 2002. Through the use of medication and continued exercise, his conditions seemed to be under control. So much so that in the summer of 2003, his physician took him off of the medications. October 19, 2003, at age 37, at the organ during morning worship, he began drooling, tried to wipe his face, but couldn't pick up the towel. They called 911. He walked to the ambulance and was taken to the hospital. Once there, he was diagnosed as having a stroke. Not realizing the severity of what was happening, Craig intensely watched the clock in the ER with the hope of being out in time to make his 9:00 a.m. tee time Monday morning (smile). Instead, he would then spend three days in ICU and a week in a step down unit. He then spent approximately 30 days in in-patient rehab. He was determined to walk out of rehab on his own and he did. He would then spend approximately one year doing out-patient rehab about three times a week. He would return to one of his passions, playing the organ, in September of 2004. Craig continues to work on regaining full use of his left hand and foot. He has the faith in God that it will happen. He continually works on trying to regain his golf game and hopes to participate in the annual bridge run in his town in which he participated for over 12 years prior to the stroke. He has participated in the walking portion of the event in recent years. Craig and I enjoyed taking trips and doing lots of fun things together. When he had the stroke, we had been dating less than a year. I had just left the company I was with that required me to travel 90% of the time. I had not begun another job so I became a full-time caregiver to Craig. He and I vowed that we would do all we could to educate our community about the signs, effects and life after stroke to help others get through this life altering event.


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