I knew this time would come, and, as anticipated, it’s a strange mix of sadness and gladness. It’s hard to believe, but I’ve kept this blog since 2012! Its purpose was to make me accountable to myself, to review one stroke-related, journal article, every month. As a University academic, it’s not hard to earn continuing professional development (CPD) points. So, I planned that this blog would ensure I didn’t take my own CPD opportunities for granted, and, the plan worked!! Since 2012, apart from January’s, I have reviewed a stroke-related, journal article every month.
Having “followers” was never part of the plan, because, at the time, I didn’t know enough about WordPress to realise I’d even have followers. But, what a lovely surprise. Some of you have journeyed with me since 2012! When I established CPDLife®, to my surprise, its first sale was courtesy of a Changing Stroke follower. She’ll know who she is, and I shall be forever grateful to her, because she gave me the courage to keep on keeping on!
But, as 2020 has so worryingly demonstrated, being prepared for change is worthwhile. Now seems the very right time to close this blog and move on. I’m due to go away for a couple of weeks travelling, so, I’ll leave it open until mid-to-late August.
As this was a blog about changing stroke, perhaps I could leave you with one of my mantras: “Who’s stroke is it?” This question is asked mainly of health professionals. My colleagues and friends, rather than managing stroke as something that “belongs” to the health facility or hospital; let’s treat it as something that “belongs” to the survivor, because, when they’re discharged, the stroke goes with them. As therapists and healthcare workers, our contact with survivors of stroke is but a fleeting shadow that falls across their paths. They’re the people who will live with its impact for the rest of their lives. Therefore, let’s ensure:
- They know as much about it, as possible
- They are fully engaged in the planning of what’s ahead
- They receive copies of their own recovery data, including those from assessments and outcome measures
- They’re afforded time to discuss and explore what the stroke means for them
Let’s not overwhelm them with our advice, ideas, opinions and expertise, but rather, let’s journey with them (gently) as they learn to adjust, and readjust, to the ever-changing, life-long impact of stroke.
Thank you for your support and encouragement. Thank you for caring enough about people recovering from stroke to be an interested follower of my blog. Here’s wishing you all the very, very best in your future professional journeying.