Posted by Lynn Bronikowski Oct 12 2017
Robert Jackson knew nothing about stroke before he had one. He had high blood pressure but like many who have had strokes, he felt good and had no obvious health problems.
On Sept. 11, 2014, Jackson felt light-headed but didn’t think much about it. The next morning he went to a business meeting and afterwards drove himself to the hospital.
“I walked in but didn’t walk out,” said Jackson, 61, who spent 10 days in the hospital after diagnosed he had a stroke. He was completely paralyzed on one side, couldn’t talk and doctors didn’t give him a good prognosis.
Jackson spent time in rehab at St. Anthony’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., where he became a fixture in the hospital’s support group and went from being bed-ridden to walking around. Today he continues to go to support groups but as a group leader who shares his story on his road to recovery.
“I want to make people aware of the devastating affects stroke has,” said Jackson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. “I’m lucky to be alive. They say I’m a walking miracle.”
“I want to be part of something that will make people aware of stroke,” said Jackson, who is a clinician and president of the nonprofit Good Growth Homes in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. “I want to be as active as I can be.”
The Comeback Trail 5K will be “a physical pronouncement of me getting back to being strong,” said Jackson. “My message is that you can recover and shouldn’t give up. I want to do all that I can to spread awareness about stroke.”
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