Stroke recovery: it’s a marathon not a sprint

The day after my stroke, I got a phone call from my friend and coworker. I was still in the hospital. I remember telling him that “hopefully I’ll be back to work next week.” Knowing full well I needed to learn how to walk again. Six months later, and I’m still not back to work.

In order to regain the use of my left side, my brain needs to rewire itself to create new pathways around the damaged part. This takes months, maybe years, with thousands of repetitions of exercises, stretches and other techniques (mirror box therapy, electrical stimulation…