Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Pick Up Your Foot Tia!"

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!


  1. Tia,
    You have inspired me in so many ways; more than you know. I admire you for doing what you’re doing and not allowing this mishap to keep you down or by taking over your mind telling you that you can’t do anything just because of what happened. This was a blessing in disguise from the Lord; it’s what had to happen in order for you to be placed in the position he needed you to be in, so that he could use you as his instrument in helping others. Don’t worry about the dragging of your feet, it’s just a unique thing to remind you of just how good God is; he spared your life……………….Much love to you my beautiful Niece!

    Auntie Sandy

  2. Hey Tia, That is a sad but very inspiring story. I am glad that you are a survivor and hope that you continue to live a normal and healthy life. I agree with the last line...don't change anything and just be yourself.

  3. Thanks Aunt Sandy! I hope my story will help others.

  4. Thanks Jennifer! I am glad my story can inspire others, that it what I hoped for. I feel healthy and I believe that everything happens for a reason.