Myth: Stroke survivors complete rehabilitation 6-12 months after having a stroke.
Fact: Rehabilitation is ongoing. It requires the stroke survivor’s time, commitment and positive outlook along with a plan of action.
Myth: After stroke survivors finish their formal rehabilitation, there is no need to see a doctor or other healthcare professional about their stroke.
Fact: Because stroke survivors’ needs and concerns change with time, the expertise of health professionals is useful for finding creative ways to solve problems.
Myth: The effects of stroke are very similar. Thus, rate of recovery will also be the same for everyone.
Fact: While strokes do have similarities, every stroke is different depending on the location of the injury. Hence, the rate of recovery is also very different.
Myth: Having disabilities from a stroke means a person will never be able to consider himself/herself healthy.
Fact: Health is not just the absence of disease or having a perfect body. To be healthy means making healthful choices in all areas of life: physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual.
Myth: After a stroke, when one side of the body no longer functions normally, stroke survivors are better off forgetting about it and concentrating on their good side.
Fact: The best approach to recovery from a stroke involves accepting the injured or weak side and working with one’s body as a whole.
Myth: When stroke survivors have trouble talking (aphasia) it means they also have trouble hearing and thinking.
Fact: The understanding and expression of thoughts may be slower, but a person’s hearing and intelligence are not impaired by aphasia.