Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke by Debra Meyerson
I read Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke aloud to him. This was good for him in that it gave him something to talk about as we ended each chapter. Conversations like this will help him to regain some of his communication skills. It gave us a way to interact, too. Otherwise, we were just sitting around not knowing what to say to each other.
There were so many issues brought up in the book that we can relate to. While the stroke survivor has the questions “Who am I now?” and “How do I rebuild a meaningful and rewarding life?”, the spouse is also left with those questions. I have gone from the role of wife to what feels like the role of not just a caregiver, but, in some instances, Mother. I don’t know who I am anymore or what I am supposed to be feeling.
Identity Theft shows us that we are not alone. Many people are facing these same struggles in their post-stroke lives.
I highly recommend this book, if for no other reason than to let you know that you are not alone in this. There are others that understand what you are going through because either they are there or they have been there.
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