Dealing With A Stroke: Sometimes It Takes A Painful Situation To Change Our Ways

It’s Wednesday already, and I hope all of you have a wonderful week so far!

Tonight is going to be a fun night because I was invited to a new show of Cirque du Soleil – Kurios. I’ve been to one of their shows before, and I know that I won’t be disappointed!

Cirque du Soleil Kurios

At the beginning of this week, I touched a little bit on the subject of how emotional my trip to Ukraine was. I am sure that the majority of you have heard about what’s been happening there. To be completely honest with you, it breaks my heart. Not only because a lot of my friends and family still live there, but you’d never expect anything like this to happen in the country you were born. The entire situation is absurd and doesn’t make any sense to me. However, enough on this subject…


I doubt I mentioned this previously, but the biggest reason for my trip there was my grandmother. Sadly, she had a stroke last December.

with grandma

When I saw her upon my arrival to Ukraine, my entire world turned upside down. I tried to be strong and not to show hurt, sadness and devastation that was running through me. I didn’t dare to be weak. My mom, who stayed with my grandma for a month, needed emotional support and I didn’t want to become additional baggage for her.

with mom

I can’t explain you how hard it is to see the person that you love so much, who has always been so strong and independent, in this much pain, partially paralyzed, unable to talk. It’s excruciatingly painful to see my grandma suffer to this extent. That being said, there has been some progress and I am grateful for that. However, as my brother and I were leaving and saying our goodbye’s to our grandma and mom, I noticed that my mom got a few gray hairs; everything within me crumbled to pieces…

I’ve heard about stroke before, but I’ve got to admit that I knew very little about it. However, after living this experience with my family, I’d love to raise awareness. And if the following information can be helpful for you to save someone you love, my mission will be complete.


It is important to understand that every single second is crucial when somebody is having a stroke. A few minutes of time can make a big difference in whether the person will be able to walk or talk in the future. Please, remember that, most importantly, someone’s life can depend on how fast you react…

According to National Stroke Association, there are risk factors we can actually control when it comes to reducing chances of having a stroke in the future. They are the following: tobacco use/smoking, alcohol use, and obesity. Make sure to read up more on this subject.

7 ways to prevent stroke


Do you know anyone who had a stroke? How did their recovery go?



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25 responses to “Dealing With A Stroke: Sometimes It Takes A Painful Situation To Change Our Ways

  1. So sorry about your grandmother but I’m glad you are seeing at least some progress. It must be so hard on your mom. Praying she recovers well!

  2. absgoldberg

    My best wishes to your grandmother and your family, I hope she is able continue recovering well! I’m fortunate enough to have not had the experience of someone I love having a stroke but I appreciate the proactive info from today’s post!

  3. I am so sorry to read this. Years ago my grandmother had a stroke as well. It was hard to watch but even harder to watch my mom deal with it and take care of her own mom. Strokes can be very scary and happen at any age. Thank you for sharing this great information.

  4. Aw, I’m thinking about your grandmother!! XOXO!! She sounds very strong and is definitely very beautiful (like you and your mom)!! Have a wonderful day!

  5. I”m so sorry to hear about your grandmother. I hope she gets well and that you and your family have the support you need. It’s so hard to see someone you love suffer. xx

  6. I’m so sorry to hear about your grandmother, I hope she makes more progress in the future! Hugs!

  7. Sorry to hear about your grandmother. I know how hard it is when your family is far away but I’m glad you saw some improvement when you were there. Internet hugs xxx.

  8. kristenk

    I am so sorry to hear about this 😦 My grandma had a stroke about 2 weeks ago so I know how you feel. She’s recovering pretty well after having emergency surgery, but she will probably need a pacemaker since her heart is beating irregularly and she will be in physical therapy for a while. My grandma used to be very active so it’s horrible knowing that she can barely walk across the room now. It has helped me realize how important it is for me to be active while I can! We are very lucky that my grandfather was there to call 911, he saved her life. Strokes are so scary, thank you for bringing light to this subject. I hope your grandma starts feeling better soon ❤

    • Oh no! I am so sorry, sweetheart! But it sounds like your grandma is on her way to a full recovery. Be strong, she really needs your support and patience. Also, thank you very much for stopping by my blog and well wishes. ❤ xoxo

  9. How was the Cirque show? I’ve only seen one but I thought it was pretty amazing!

  10. OMG my love, I am so so so unbelievably sorry to hear this 😦 You’re so sweet to try and stay strong for your mama. Thank you for sharing the stroke signs! I actually learned them this week because I’m on the First-aid/Search and Rescue Team at work. It’s great to educate each other because it could really save someone! Sending you all my love! ❤

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  14. My dad just had a mini stroke 2 saturday ago and is still in the hospital and so am i i love reading these articles so i can learn about strokes

  15. My dad had a stroke 2 weeks ago and lived thru it but i do not know anything about a stroke but i would love too

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