Today someone yelled, "Pick up you foot," when I walked through the room. That comment reminded me that 13 years had passed since I had a stroke at age 22.
In the spring I like to wear my sandals and flip flops but it always brings attention to how I walk. You can't look at me and tell that I have experienced a major stroke but I feel it every day. My foot drags and it is hard for me to lift my right foot. I have tried different ways to walk but it still drags. All my right shoe soles are lower because of the wear and tear of the heaviness of my walk.
When most people see me they have no idea that I am a young stroke survivor. Many would not realize the reason why I drag my foot unless they knew my story. People think that only older people or people with high blood pressure experience stroke. So I will keep hearing, "lift your foot up" or "you walk heavy," for the rest of my life. People don't realize that I was as light as a feather playing ball. So this spring, I will again try a new technique with walking or maybe I will not try to change anything and just be me!