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When a stroke strikes, it takes what it wants.

Updated on August 25, 2011

My mother and father at Epcot for my mom's 70th Birthday.


On February 12, 2005 my mother suffered a massive stroke at the age of 63. After spending 10 days in the Hospital she was transferred to a Rehabilitation Hospital for 74 days and returned home for months of home therapies were she learned how to walk again. Unfortunately she never regained the use of her right arm or her speech. My father who cares for my mother at home, moved to Florida a year after the stroke. My mother has shown me great strength and courage in the ways she has overcome the challenges she encounters. My father, well , he's our hero.

This poem is the first piece of writing I had done since high school.

We lost a piece of you one night.

god has it with him and is holding you tight.

We pray to him to protect you with care,

In hopes that your voice we'll all soon hear.

We long for you to walk and speak,

In our prayers this we keep.

If this is Gods plan to keep you this way,

We will get through it with each passing day.

But I believe he has other plans,

don't you worry, he has you cradled in his hands.

For each time you smile you light up our hearts,

We know you'll work hard to do your part.

We will be with you every step of the way,

and look forward to talking soon one day.


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      wildove5 6 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you Rosie, I'm happy you were touched by it! It means a lot to me!

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      Rosie writes 6 years ago from Virginia

      Thank you for sharing your experience. Your poem touched my heart. Keep writing; it is a great way to just let it out and help others in the process.

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      wildove5 6 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

      Thank you suzette, We were told after our mothers stroke that the likely hood of her having another one was increased and would probably occur in the following 5 years. It has been six, Sometimes I feel as if I am waiting for the other shoe to fall. Lately, she has grown depressed and wants to stop taking her medicine. She recently lost her sister so I am sure this hasn't helped. We won't let her give up though, she's come too far to quit now. Thank you for your kind words and sharing your thoughts.

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      suzettenaples 6 years ago

      Beautiful. My father also suffered a massive stroke and lived for another 11 years. He came back fully with rehabilitation after the stroke. You are correct when you say they are heroes. They really are. I like your poetry. Keep writing!