Diff'in Strokes

One Woman's Journey Through Rehabilitation…

Chapter 13: Angiogram Results!

We’re back with the result’s of Cheryl’s angiogram. Don’t worry, I won’t bury the lead… she’s doing great!

We also talk about some of the major gains Cheryl has been making in the past month or so. Gains she shouldn’t be making after 2 years out. Cheryl has a special message for anyone going through the same thing and might be worried about what’s going to happen to them. Don’t worry, I won’t bury that one either…

“Don’t give up, it WILL come back!”


Chapter 12: Two Years and Counting!

What a day! Today marks the two year anniversary of Cheryl’s hemorrhage. Two years ago, almost to the minute of this post, we were told by the neurosurgeon on duty that he doubted she would survive the next 24 hours.

Well…Cheryl definitely proved THAT asshole wrong!

We sit down and chat about how she’s doing, the fact that she can message people now (when she SLOOOOOOWS down) and her upcoming angiogram to make sure the aneurysms in her brain haven’t grown.

Two years down and many more to come!

Chapter 11: Post Holiday Wrap up and Checking in with Cheryl…

Hey everyone! We’re back. We took a little bit of a holiday hiatus in order to… well… I’ll let Cheryl tell you why when you listen to the show. Trust me, you don’t have to wait very long for her to get into it. She barely let me hit record before she blurted it out.

After we talk about why we were away, we have discussion about where she’s at now and what she wants for the future.



Chapter 10: Post-Hearing Test Discussion w/ Special Guest

This week, Ally sits down and we chat about all of the excitement that’s been going on. Specifically about opur trip to the UC Irvine HESP Lab. Also, we have a chat about everyone’s excitement for the Holiday’s especially seeing how Cheryl was pretty out of it last year.


Chapter 9: Back From Break…

Hey everyone! We’re back after a short hiatus. Cheryl hasn’t been feeling very good and it definitely affected her speech. She’s much better now and still a pistol. In this chapter, we pretty much catch everyone up on her experiences while we were away. Handling multiple people at a party, going to the doctor for tests, her hearing and the idea of going back to speech therapy.


Chapter 8: Another Ear Doctor and Cheryl Passes out…

This week we chat about the LOOOOONG journey we’ve taken with ear doctors, only to have that journey extended even more. We also talk about Cheryl collapsing and spending the night in the E.R. You’ll hear sound logic from Cheryl as she explains why that was a total waste of time. (Spoiler Alert: She’s not wrong!)


Chapter 7: Gallery Openings, Romantic Gestures and Cooking!

This week, Cheryl and I chat about the gallery opening and her first evening in heels in almost 2 years. We also chat about her getting back into the kitchen and Cheryl’s desire to get back into the job market.

Of course, what seems to be a weekly segment at this point, we chat about Cheryl’s fight with her archenemy: Stairs.


Chapter 6: Cheryl Think She’s Whining…

This week, Cheryl and I talk about her changes in personality and her outrageous reasoning for such a drastic change. She also thinks she’s whining but you be the judge. We cover her progress on the stairs as well as chatting about her desire to… well… chat!

Feel free to share the show and we will be back next week with another check-up!


Chapter 5: Bumps, Improvements, Depression and STAIRS!

This week, Cheryl and I chat more about her continuous struggle with her mortal enemy… stairs. While I see the amount she’s improved, she prefers to focus on the negative… getting stuck. Cheryl tries to describe what it feels like when she gets stuck and we chat about ways to overcome it.

Beyond that, Cheryl has made some major strides this week and I take quite a bit of joy discussing them. At the same time, we mix in a little chat about the two of us having our “depression moments” and what we need to do to not let it overwhelm us.


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