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This is me

It’s been 18 months since my stroke. I have improved so much but life still has many challenges everyday. I am still developing my writing using assisted technology. 



I had a stroke

I am not a stroke victim

I am not a stroke survivor 

I am me


I am a writer

I can’t hold a pen

It’s hard to tell my story

I will know when


I am proud

It doesn’t stand in my way

I find alternatives

I find a way 


I am forgetful

It’s the damage in my brain

I can’t find words

It drives me insane


I am blind in one side

At least I can see

It’s taken so much

But my heart runs free


I face the future

I learn from the past

Acceptance is difficult

Learning at last



◄ The Sapphire Ashes

Gas Light ►


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Tommy Carroll

Wed 5th Jun 2019 11:52

You tell it like it is Louise.

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Don Matthews

Wed 5th Jun 2019 10:21

Keep at it Louise. It takes courage to reveal personal struggles on a public stage to an audience of strangers

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Mon 3rd Jun 2019 20:40

Thank you Louise for this poem of yours. It's a flag of courage for the encouraging of us plodding pilgrims.
Go well, write more as and when you can.

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Mon 3rd Jun 2019 11:28

Your straightforward declaration is a call to arms for anyone so afflicted Louise. There is inherent bravery shining through and an affirmation on never to take for granted our skills. It's good to know you are making progress however demanding that may be.

It doesn't seem possible 18th months has gone by to my mind.
Upwards and onwards!


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