via next big future
These headlines blow my mind. I have a relative by marriage who was born on the same day and year as me. She calls me her birthday buddy. She recently had a stroke, something that concerns us greatly. Without warning her speech slurred, and then she couldn't speak at all. Of course her husband rushed her to the hospital. They asked for no visitors, which is why we haven't seen them yet. They are communicating via email.
She more recently sent us an email in her own "don't worry about me, I'll be fine" style that tells us, if nothing else, her spirit is intact, and her strength is not diminished. The medical advances in the last ten years have changed everything. I have no doubt that a decade ago, this would be something near impossible to recover from. Reading up on this, her speech should fully return as her brain learns to rout around the damage from the stroke. She has periods where she can talk perfectly normally, then her brain routes into her damaged section again. Those periods are already becoming fewer. A very good sign.