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Larry said that being in touch
with people also living with strokes was what got
him through those early tough days. He still goes to
his support group. He then turned to Kenny’s
mom and told her that stroke affects every member of
the family and Larry’s wife has been going to a
caregiving support group since his stroke. She finds
it to be extremely helpful.
He told Kenny that he will
help him find an appropriate support group and that
he looks forward to continuing their conversation
when they meet at the dog park next week. Kenny’s
mood lifted after learning that Larry has regained
much of his mobility since the stroke and about his
determination to start driving again. (The
driving part of the conversation was a little less
exciting to Kenny’s mom.)
Larry told him that he, like
Kenny, had struggled terribly during the first
stages in his stroke recovery; but that over time,
he steadily improved. This seemed to cheer
Kenny up greatly. Looking at Larry, he
realized that there is a path to recovery on which
he has only taken the very first steps.
Larry felt good that he was able
to help and told me that he understands the
isolation Kenny felt when stepping into a room with
support group members who were not his age. I
think I forgot to tell you that Larry is 42.
Larry was feeling so good that I
didn’t have the heart to tell him that to Kenny, 42
is old, too.