After a stroke, keep in mind that you are the most important person in your own recovery. You need to have a major say in the decisions about your care. This may be hard for you, and you may sometimes feel like sitting back and letting others take charge.
Know and follow your rehabilitation (rehab) plan. Most people find that rehab is hard work and a slow process. Tasks and activities that were easy for you before the stroke often seem more difficult after the stroke.
Feeling sad about having a stroke and the resulting disabilities is normal. But if you get depressed, it can interfere with your recovery. At the first sign that you are feeling depressed, talk with your family and your doctor. Early treatment for depression can prevent a delay in recovery.
Last Revised: January 7, 2011
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