Author: lifeafterstroke

Stroke Information, Uncategorized

Important update on our membership criteria

When LAS launched in 2020, our goal was to fill a void in support and advocacy for young brain injury survivors (YBIS) as a means to bridge a gap in available supports by age and stage in life. This was referenced specifically in our initial documentation. As we have grown and evolved as an organization, we have learned and flexibly adapted to the needs of our members. This means pivoting as needed to accommodate our participant demographic. Hence, going forward we are open to membership by any stroke survivors between 18 to 40 years of age or 41 to 65 years of age. Internally, the age ranges will be used for tailoring of resources and services. We will make the necessary changes in documentation to reflect this growth.


The Dark Emotional Aftermath of My Stroke—And How I Overcame It

In late 2020, I was on a path to desperately find some well-deserved enlightenment. I had a great job and was slowly clawing my way up the career ladder and thought that the more hours and tasks I took on, the more people would count on me and make me feel valued. To me, If I felt “needed,” I would find joy. In my spare time—not that I had much—I would try to connect with my children (ages 21, 12 and 10). I would do what I could to be a good, fun parent, but it never felt like enough. I never felt enough, and I became deeply depressed. To try and combat this, twice a week, with just a little of my extra free time, I would hit the mats and do 60 minutes of cardio kickboxing with my trainer.