stroke, keep in mind that you are the most important
person in your own recovery. You need to have a major say in the decisions
about your care. This may be hard for you, and you may sometimes feel like
sitting back and letting others take charge.
Make sure others understand that you want to be
involved in the decisions about your care.
State your wishes and
opinions on matters that affect you. Talk with your doctor about your concerns.
If you need extra time to think or you have trouble
talking, try not to let others make decisions for you without hearing what you
have to say.
If you have a speech problem, it may be hard to get
others to understand your wishes. Ask someone to help you express your ideas
and needs. Or write them down if you can.
If you feel that anyone
is "talking down" to you or speaking about you as if you were not present,
express your concern.
Know and follow your rehabilitation (rehab) plan. Most people find
that rehab is hard work and a slow process. Tasks and activities that
were easy for you before the stroke often seem more difficult after the
It is normal to feel tired and discouraged at
It is important to notice your progress and take pride in
Feeling sad about having a stroke and the resulting
disabilities is normal. But if you get depressed, it can interfere with your
recovery. At the first sign that you are feeling depressed, talk with your
family and your doctor. Early treatment for depression can prevent a delay in
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.