There are many other stroke-related blogs out there, but one that has been really inspiring to me is stroke-of-faith.blogspot.com. I really enjoy the posts, and his site is really two-fold in its purpose. First, to make people aware of the effects of a stroke and the treatments for them, but it is also to lift and glorify the Lord Jesus Christ. I really enjoy reading about the strokes, but I relish even more the facts about the Lord Jesus. You, too, I think would benefit from going to that blog.
On December 8, 2008, my life changed forever. I had a double sided cerebellar stroke with 2 brain stem compressions. It was not until December 10, 40 hours after my stroke, that surgery was finally done to relieve the pressure. Dr. Piper, the neuro-surgeon from Iowa Methodist hospital in Des Moines, told my wife that surgery was nothing more than an attempt to save my life, but that it would not erase the deficiencies as a result of the stroke. Although she admits that she did not really understand what Dr. Piper had just said, my wife, Laura, agreed to the surgery and the care team performed a decrompessive craniotomy, to hopefully relieve the pressure and allow my brain to function somewhat normally. For those who have followed my blog for the last 14+ years, the surgery was successful, I returned to the church and I now live a relatively normal life, although I do have some pretty severe, though not always visible, defieciencies. I really thought that life could not get any worse th