Family life

Are my family and I coping well?

Stroke affects each person in different ways. It can bring up different feelings that can affect your relationships with family and friends. Stroke may change your roles, family balance and dynamics. Adjusting to these changes will take time. It is normal for you and your family to feel grief, sadness, anger, fear and frustration.

Some people find that speaking to a therapist or other people living with stroke can help to cope with the changes.

Peer support groups give you a chance to:

  • Talk about your experiences
  • Learn from and get support from others who share a similar experience

Many people have written books about their experiences after having a stroke. You may find it helpful to read about other people’s journeys.  Here are a few examples:

  • Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery, Peter G. Levine, 2012
  • My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Jill Bolte Taylor, 2008
  • How to conquer to world with one hand and an attitude, Paul Berger, 2002
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Where to learn more about this topic:

Toronto Central Healthline

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