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Larry did tell me something that I hadnít heard before about the reaction of people he meets in pubic or from friends he hasnít seen for a while. He found that when he discussed that he had a stroke, people would react strangely. They would talk slower to him or avoid conversations that they had regularly in the past. They would even explain jokes to him that they would tell to a group of friends. He could understand their concern about his physical needsóopening doors and pulling out chairs, but the other reactions annoyed him to the point that he no longer tells anyone he has had a stroke. These solicitous attitudes have stopped all together in new public encounters.

He wanted me to ask if anyone else has had experience with this attitude and if so, what they did about it.

So I told him I would ask.

Gary Barg

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