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A few weeks ago, I wrote about my
friend Larry who is recuperating from the effects of
a stroke he had a few years ago. I recounted
the challenges that he and his wife Julie are having
regarding the strain that often occurs in a
relationship as the partner who had the stroke
regains physical and mental abilities. This is
especially true when the conversation concerns
balance of power issues, like resuming previously
held duties within the relationship. Larry’s and
Julie’s first major hurdle is his desire to slip
behind the wheel of his car once again.
One more thing about Larry’s
recovery: I saw him again last week and
although the car issue still abounds, he told me of
a conversation he had with a teenager he met
recently at the dog park. The teenager also
had a stroke. Before you raise that eyebrow
about teenagers having strokes, read the following.
It's is a myth that only older adults have strokes.
While people over 65 are at higher risk of stroke, a
person of any age can have a stroke, including
teenagers, children, newborns and unborn babies.
Although estimates vary, stroke affects about 6 in
100,000 children. Stroke is a leading cause of death
in children in the U.S.
National Stroke Association
Kenny is 17 and had his stroke
only last year. One of the challenges he
faces, according to his mother who was with him at
the park, is extreme depression. Larry talked with
them about how much help a support group was for
him. It was then that Kenny looked up and said
the first words in the half hour since Larry met him
and his mother. “I did go, but they don’t understand
what I am going through. Everyone was so old,
I didn’t fit in.”