No joke, Red Ryder. Between Hope and Despair. I can't think of a better book title to describe what it is like to live in the aftermath of a stroke.
Written by stroke survivor Rick Davis with the help of his wife, Nancy Davis, the book bills itself as a journey from a wheelchair to a marathon.
I love the book's title -- Between Hope and Despair, Living After a Stroke -- because it tells it like it is. You have the stroke, life moves on in a daze, and then the reality of knowing that one whole side of your body is useless sets in.
Therapy starts; friends, family, and therapists cheer you on. At the same time, the twin emotions of hope and despair join hands and begin to walk back and forth on your emotional keyboard.
Despair is right there on your shoulder whispering in your ear. Where oh where is hope?
Do yourself a favor and check this book out on Amazon.com. Click here: Between Hope and Despair.
The book is available on Kindle, which is good for the stroke survivor who may need large print, and in paperback, which means you can order a paperback edition to be sent to family and friends functioning as caregivers.