May 9
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I Am A Stroke Survivor!

I want to share my stories with your reader: The call for independence!
 
I am author, The Power of I Believe, A book of motivation, encouragement and inspirational thoughts after a stroke, a Christian-themed book written to help stroke survivors and others touched by a disability regain their faith and strength as they recover and move forward with their lives. Although I wrote this book with stroke survivors in mind, the feedback I have received through my blog and Facebook page has shown me that The Power of I Believe is a source of inspiration for anyone who needs it.
 
Everyone experiences doubt at some point—whether in themselves or in God—and this is especially true after a sudden and traumatic event.  I know from experience. In December 2006 I experienced a sudden stroke, which left me battling aphasia. As part of my recovery, I returned to the journals I had kept for many years to find the same inspiration that had motivated me throughout my life. Through these meditations, I came to understand The Power of I Believe.
 
Many people who have a stroke simply do not find the motivation they need during recovery. And this is not an experience unique to stroke survivors; anyone struggling with a disability, or even a difficult time in their life, can find it hard to muster the strength they need.  The Power of I Believe is written for these people.
 
The Power of I Believe means making the choice to accomplish your goals—it means having the determination to keep striving and the faith to know that you will succeed. In this book I share the thoughts and the inspirations that gave me the determination and faith to keep working to overcome my aphasia and recover from my stroke. My reflections focus on the power of God, the power of faith, and the power of the mind. Through these inspirational words and thoughts and through my faith, I found the personal strength preserve. I am now back riding my bike, playing golf, swimming, and going to the fitness center.
 
While most books for stroke survivors focus on specific exercises and tasks that will help a survivor to recover and regain functioning, The Power of I Believe is focused on instilling the strength and faith necessary during the recovery process.

www.robertleefields.com/
3 Comments
  • KITTY23
    KITTY23,
    WHEN I WAS GOING THOUGH A BAD TIME AFTER SEVERAL HEART ATTACKS AND SURGERY FOR A TUMOR I FOCUSED ON WHAT OTHER PEOPLE WERE GOING THOUGH. OUR TROOPS COMING HOME LOST LEGS AND ARMS AND THEIR HEADS ALL MESSED UP. MY PAIN WAS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT THEY HAD TO FACE. I REMIND MY SELF EVERY DAY HOW LUCKY I AM. WHEN I AM IN PAIN I GO OUTSIDE FOR A WALK OR I WORK IN MY YARD. I FIND SOMETHING TO DO TO TAKE MY MIND OFF WHAT HURTS. I AM 71 YEARS OLD WITH A 23 YEAR OLD CAT WHO KEEPS ME MOVING. I TRY TO HELP OUT MY FRIEND WHO IS 89 MAKING SURE SHE EATS AT LEAST ONE GOOD MEAL A DAY. I THINK THE BEST THING TO A GOOD RECOVERY IS THINKING ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE AND WHAT THEY ARE GOING THOUGH. HAVE YOU HELPED SOMEONE TODAY??????
  • anne-marie halloran
    anne-marie halloran,
    Amen....... we are not alone... I often think of the young soldiers, who, in the spirit of Patriotism have returned maimed and sorrowful. I am growing up for the second time, trying to adjust to a second life, yes my Faith has been of great strength to me. when I heard the Neurologist who asked for CT Scans, believing it was a stroke I said: "not me, I live and have lived a clean life", one glass of wine a day not more, lean food, fruits and vegies one walk a day, house work still at 89, friends a few, birds visiting e, life is so beautiful yet we must accept to leave when it is time, God will be with us then too. it. I will try to write the story of my incredible life on two continents. To all out there, Believe and hope, take care! anne marie
  • Mystroke
    Mystroke,
    Thank for letting me know about this book I will be getting it today if possible. I think about a cousin who is my age that had a stroke about 10 years ago. seeing her now you will never know she was sick. I color, word search,read and play games on the phone to keep me busy.
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