over 8 years
My husband had a severe right medial cerebral artery stroke (embolic). He was 58 at the time. We discovered from the angiography done at hour 7 that there had been a 'silent' stroke in the area as well. None of the Dr's expected him to survive 3 months much less 3 years.
My husband's father died from a hemorhagic stroke in his early 70's, his maternal uncles and aunts all have atrial fib, and I believe that one or more grandparents died from stroke.
We are now almost at the end of year 3. My husband has few physical signs of a stroke (small amount of facial paralysis, voice is different). He does have impaired judgement and impulse control difficulties, since portions of his frontal lobe died (he's ambidextrous, which makes it even more pronounced).
He feels that he can go back to his old lifestyle, which was part of the problem. I love this man dearly, even though the stroke changed him from the man I married 15 months before his stroke. How do I give up the fear of losing him without giving up on him?