Edi was a preschool teacher in England until she met and married her husband, Bill—and moved to the United States. She enjoyed many things in life like going out with friends, sewing, reading, roller skating, cooking, and keeping up with her son and grandson back in England.
In summer of 2006, Edi was hosting a party for her husband’s 60th birthday at a local Mexican restaurant. She began to feel tired, put her head down on the table, and stated that she wasn’t feeling well. Her grandson tried to awaken her but couldn’t. Her sister-in-law, a nurse, suspected that Edi might be having a stroke and family members got her to the hospital. Indeed, she had had a hemorrhagic stroke; once stabilized, the 52 year old endured four brain surgeries before the bleeding on her brain could be stopped.
Edi’s life was turned upside down as a result of her stroke. She now must use a cane or wheelchair for mobility and she cannot use her left arm or hand. She has also battled constant feelings of anger towards her situation. But she reports that, as time has passed, she has made many meaningful friendships and has gained insight into her stroke.
The American Stroke Foundation has given Edi an important and meaningful outlet. She enjoys socialization with fellow survivors, staff, students and volunteers. And she participates in a variety of activities. Edi believes that her strength and energy have increased because of the ASF’s fitness program. Overall, she knows that her social participation has increased and her outlook on life has improved as a result of coming to the American Stroke Foundation. And she has one, overarching goal for her future: to continue working on her road to recovery.