Starting Over After A Stroke
Marie also mentions that perhaps one of the most challenging and frustrating stages of her recovery journey was learning to complete different tasks with her non-paralyzed and non-dominant side. “I was left-handed before. I used to have the most cool, awesome handwriting before my stroke,” Marie states. Now, she uses her right hand to write and has even developed an extraordinary talent for drawing, painting, and sculpting.
Marie’s Newfound Passion For Art
Finding Happiness & Friendships At Oakwood
“I love Sammy and Annie,” Marie says, also referring to Town Center’s Club Director. “I call Annie ‘Wilbur,’ and she calls me ‘Larry.’” When asked how these nicknames came to be, Marie explains that “Larry” was the name of a really good friend of Annie’s, and Marie followed suit by giving Annie the nickname “Wilbur” based on the 1960’s sitcom Mister Ed.
As Marie reflects on her days spent at the club, it is clear that her heart and passion for Oakwood have become a beacon of light despite the challenges she faces. She has overcome a number of obstacles since surviving a stroke, many of which have not been easy. But for Marie, Oakwood’s Day Clubs and the community of support therein revives her hope for the future. “Oakwood is the place to be! I find happiness here,” says Marie.
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