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    Pearl Mbekwa
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    Hi there,I live with my 73 year old mom who suffered a stroke and has speech apraxia (struggles to communicate verbally) and certain neuro-cognitive skills are degenerated. She is otherwise active and can move around independently.As an only child with a full time job this is quite a physical, mental and emotional challenge.  On her end, as a formerly, and in many ways, still fiercely independent woman, my mom’s condition has her in a state of mild depression and anxiety . I believe that she will benefit from meeting others who have gone through a similar situations. Please let me know if you are part of, or know if any support groups in Joburg and Occupational therapy options.

    Thank you

     

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    • Anonymous
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      On Wed, May 12, 2021 at 11:11 AM Strokefocus Member Services <
      gujingc@gmail.com> wrote:

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      Greetings Pearl,
      I applaud you for having the courage and compassion to reach out for your
      Mother during this critical part in her life. When one has a stroke (24 yrs
      post) there are so many moving pieces going on at once it can become
      overwhelming. While it can be a hard pill to swallow for some, our chemical
      makeup in our brain changes. Depending on where the stroke occurred it can
      change different parts of your “moods”.
      Thus, altering who we once were pre-stroke. We find in our community that
      depression is a huge factor one endures after a stroke. You are right!
      Being amongst those who have gone through similar “circumstances” is a
      great way to get through the ups and downs of depression. We have a virtual
      community where you can connect with all types of survivors, warriors, and
      you must take care of yourself… We have care-givers too!! We have a show
      coming up on Friday the 14th discussing stroke & depression: How they
      navigated through it all. I hope you can tune in 😀 If you search-
      Determined Show on Facebook you can connect that way also search-
      -DeterminedTV Live on YouTube
      -Mark Garman on Facebook
      Feel free to reach out any time.

      Mark Garman

    • Jenny Watermeyer
      Participant

      Hello Pearl, which area in Jhb? And do you need public or private OT
      options? We have a stroke support group in Sandringham but unfortunately
      haven’t been able to meet physically during covid. Kind regards, Jenny
      (speech therapist)

    • Daniel Gu
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      Peal, you can just reply to the email to participate in this discussion. Same to everyone.

      This is the topic you created:

      “Hi there,I live with my 73 year old mom who suffered a stroke and has speech apraxia (struggles to communicate verbally) and certain neuro-cognitive skills are degenerated. She is otherwise active and can move around independently.As an only child with a full time job this is quite a physical, mental and emotional challenge.  On her end, as a formerly, and in many ways, still fiercely independent woman, my mom’s condition has her in a state of mild depression and anxiety . I believe that she will benefit from meeting others who have gone through a similar situations. Please let me know if you are part of, or know if any support groups in Joburg and Occupational therapy options.”

       

      These are some of the replies we got.

      Dear Pearl

       

      Whilst I cannot assist with support groups in Gauteng (I am sure you will get many responses in this regard), it is important that you consider Augmentative and Alternative Communication tools for your mom to assist her with communication, if she has not already received such assistance.

       

      Lidia”

      I am in the south east United States. But no matter where you are in the world you have to understand and take charge of your life that requires that you take the circumstances you have and deciding that you will do the best you can with them.

      It is not worth your anxiety because you can not change them, but you can decide how you choose to limit them, because no one can make you change what you feel or why you feel that way but individually you need to decide for yourself to make your life worth the most.

      It can be your worth is your feelings what other people think or say can not force a change in your worth forgive yourself for what you can’t do anymore and concentrate on what you can cherish the new things you will find you know and can do well “

    • Daniel Gu
      Participant

      Pearl,

      The following are some replies the Strokefocus team has got for your post:

      Dear Pearl

       

      Whilst I cannot assist with support groups in Gauteng (I am sure you will get many responses in this regard), it is important that you consider Augmentative and Alternative Communication tools for your mom to assist her with communication, if she has not already received such assistance.

       

      Lidia”

      I am in the south east United States. But no matter where you are in the world you have to understand and take charge of your life that requires that you take the circumstances you have and deciding that you will do the best you can with them.

      It is not worth your anxiety because you can not change them, but you can decide how you choose to limit them, because no one can make you change what you feel or why you feel that way but individually you need to decide for yourself to make your life worth the most.

      It can be your worth is your feelings what other people think or say can not force a change in your worth forgive yourself for what you can’t do anymore and concentrate on what you can cherish the new things you will find you know and can do well “

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