While in my early teens, I experienced my first “spell”. This was later diagnosed as epilepsy. At twenty-seven, I underwent surgery to remove scar tissue from my brain in hopes of ending the seizure disorder. This was successful in curing epilepsy; however, there was a complication near the end of surgery – a stroke. This stroke allowed me to experience the frustrating struggles and unexpected joys of learning, once again, how to walk the same week my youngest daughter was also beginning to learn this skill.
The end result was a much deeper understanding of the gifts that we hold within our lives. I still have weakness in the left half of my body. I have lost half of my sight. My left peripheral has disappeared completely resulting in hemianopia. Having a condition known as prosopagnosia, I no longer recognize faces I see each day. Even my own face and the faces within my family are now strangers. Even with this, I would not give back a single day of the experiences that I was able to endure. From these, I learned so much about myself. I also have a much deeper understanding for the value simple pleasures in life can give each of us.
This blog will shed light on living with prosopagnosia (aka face blindness), stroke survival at a young age and overall hope we can find through daily living. Remember, it is not about a disability, rather it’s about our ability!
Feel free to write me at: findingstrength (at) rocketmail (dot) com
Click the links below to see my interview on NBC with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and 9News to see the Australian news network segment:
Australia 9News Interview
University of Iowa: