A stroke can turn a family's entire world upside down. A person who once lived independently suddenly may need help with everything, from swallowing and speech to going to the bathroom . How much care someone will need after a stroke isn't always obvious at first, but knowing what challenges may be ahead can help you cope with that uncertainty .

Tip: Think It's a Stroke? Remember: F.A.S.T.
If you think your loved one may have had a stroke, or may be having a stroke, act F. A. S. T.: read more