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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.
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