We asked the people we interviewed what advice they would give to other people who have had a stroke. Here is what they said.
Many people talked about the importance of determination, perseverance, and patience in both physical and mental aspects of recovery. On the physical side, keeping up with physiotherapy and doing exercises on one’s own were emphasised. At the same time, it was suggested that it is important to recognise personal limitations by balancing activity and exercise with rest. On the mental side, positive thinking, and goal setting were thought be to be helpful during the recovery process.
It’s up to you to fight it and to help yourself.
You have to be motivated to recover and find ways to occupy your life.
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The importance of setting reasonable goals and making the best of the situation was emphasised.
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Individuals suggested that is helpful to get in touch with other people who have had a stroke such as through a support group. Individuals felt that it was important and helpful to communicate with other people who have had the same problem. Being proactive by seeking help and care in the community was encouraged.
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Approach to life
Many individuals talked about the importance of self-efficacy (believing in yourself), accepting the condition but also being determined to improve and get stronger. Having a positive outlook as much as possible was encouraged.
Live life and smile a lot and be happy.
Developing new interests and keeping in contact with friends was encouraged.
Never give up. Keep in contact with friends and others, develop new interests in new areas.
Don’t give into it, fight it and it will get better and you can have a decent living.
Don’t lose hope, build up strength, take an interest in life.