Jim G. was enjoying the good life at age 56—he’d retired from the Kansas City Fire Department after 27 years of service. He’d been married for 16 years and could spend more time with his wife and two children. And he enjoyed traveling, playing golf and going out with friends. But life threw him a curveball on Christmas day of 2007.
That morning, Jim fell out of bed. He attempted to pull himself back up but only made it halfway. He asked his wife to call 911—he’d had an ischemic stroke. That stroke affected Jim’s left side, making it difficult for him to write or hold anything in the left hand. He also had to give up driving. Understandably, Jim was quite angry about his situation. However, as time passed, he leaned to better manage the anger related to his stroke.
Jim is a member of the American Stroke Foundation where he enjoys the friendships that he has made. He likes many of the activities offered there, too, including: “Wake Up Your Brain,” the fitness program, Music with Maggie, and arts and crafts time. Coming to American Stroke Foundation has made Jim realize that he is not alone. He is able to see other survivors do things that he can’t do, which gives him hope. His goal for the future is to continue to get better overall.