#bloganuary: John 1, Stroke 0

A hospital corridor, and a pretty cool liminal space. Image by mspark0 from Pixabay

Today’s prompt, from the sales office in Peoria, Arizona: Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

The biggest challenge that I faced was my stroke in 2007. I woke up after several days of induced sleep and couldn’t move anything on the right side of my body. I didn’t know if I’d ever walk again or ever regain the functioning of my right arm. I’m still weak on my right side and have lost the fine motor skills in my right hand, but I can walk with a cane or walker and have learned to cope with the things I can’t do. Most important to that discussion: I learned to type with one hand, which is why this is The Sound of One Hand Typing.

20 thoughts on “#bloganuary: John 1, Stroke 0

  1. You’re amazing! I can’t begin to imagine how many words you have typed with one hand, considering the number of posts you published.


  2. Hi John – so interesting to read this … I learnt a lot after my mother had her stroke, and which parts of the body could improve and those that didn’t. So pleased you were able to learn typing … even with one hand – and I enjoy reading your posts – here’s to more … cheers Hilary


  3. March of 2019 I suffered my first stroke, also on the right side. I made an almost full and immediate recovery and then, almost a year to the day, suffered my second and much more serious stroke. I’m very self-conscious of half of my face not moving but have regained use of my right arm and hand. Still have difficulty walking around on my cane and must take blood thinners. (Not taking them as directed contributed to my second stroke.) I, too, have adapted to my physical limitations but the mental adaptations were much more difficult. My wishes for the best this new year and may you and your wife continue to be happy and strong enough to overcome what life throws at you.


    1. I had no idea, David. I’m sorry to hear this! If there’s anything I can help with, let me know. Mine was a hemorrhagic stroke, where a blood vessel burst in the back of my head. My recovery was fast, but unfortunately will never be complete.

      Thanks for the New Year’s wishes, and I hope this year leaves you happier and healthier!


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