I am still progressing and miss my independence. While I have been approved to drive by the DMV, once you get to your destination you have to walk. My balance is still not good, especially on uneven surfaces. I continue to do therapy (pool and physical) to progress. My therapists have no doubt my balance will come back.
When we travel, I still need a wheelchair to get through the airport. We also get a handicap hotel room when we travel. I long for normalcy.
My husband leaves me alone while at work or when he travels and I treasure time alone.
Friends are very important and give a sense of normalcy. They have been crucial in my recovery.
I miss work a lot, although I have my book and am doing volunteer/marketing on stroke. This is now quite close to my heart.
I know I am lucky to have progressed to where I am, considering where I was. Every stroke and recovery are different. I am not done though, I will regain my independence and get back to as normal a life as possible.