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  • Russell Brown,

    David, thank you for letting me publish this, and thank you on behalf of the people it's going to help.

    I went to see my friend Chris yesterday, and I told him about you, and how you came down to the Media7 recording three weeks ago. How you'd got past the fear of falling over in public. How you indeed, did not fall over. And how you enjoyed a couple of beers among friends. I think he particularly liked that last part.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22850 posts Report

  • Michael Stevens,

    As usual, David, the way you write fills me with envy and admiration, and that this piece makes me feel that way is a good sign of your recovery.
    Thank you for telling us all this.
    Much love

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 230 posts Report

  • Paul Campbell,

    Wow! thanks - I have to read that again now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2623 posts Report

  • David Slack,

    Welcome back, David. Whatever physical impediments remain, you have a mind within that plainly could not be stronger.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Bugger me. That's a life story, very well told.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report

  • Patricia,


    I always like to know everything about my new friends, and nothing about my old ones. OW

    behind the couch • Since Dec 2008 • 17 posts Report

  • Simon Pound,

    Remarkable story and remarkable writing. Thank you for sharing this.

    MFAK • Since Nov 2006 • 20 posts Report

  • Simon Grigg,

    Ta David, that really moved me, and knowing you, made me smile a lot too..

    And ta for making it. The world is a much better place with you still around.

    Just another klong... • Since Nov 2006 • 3284 posts Report

  • Danielle,

    That was amazing. I was in a very uncomfortable position when I started reading it, as this was meant to be a drive-by computer visit. I have now pulled a muscle because I couldn't stop reading and I was so mesmerised that I forgot to move. :)

    Thank you.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report

  • Emma Hart,

    Thank you for that, so much. It's remarkable to be able to convey the emotional experience so clearly. I had a wee cry to myself.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4651 posts Report

  • Sam F,

    This subject is familiar and fairly close to the bone for myself and my family since a relative experienced a sudden (and still inexplicable) brain injury three years ago. The journey back to wellness for him seems very long and uncertain at the moment, but it's good to to hear from someone who's been through similar troubles and pulled through, especially with the sheer courage and humour that rings through your story. Thanks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1611 posts Report

  • Phil Sargent,

    What Danielle said.

    Thank you David.

    Since Nov 2006 • 28 posts Report

  • Neesha Bremner,

    David , Thank you for sharing your story written with such eloquence - your stark experience, your humour and your passion for recovery are a testament to you.

    Since Jun 2009 • 1 posts Report

  • giovanni tiso,

    What everyone else on this page said - thank you for sharing this.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report

  • wendyf,

    Thank you for that, David.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 88 posts Report

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    What an excellent piece of writing. Thanks for telling your story, David.

    Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report

  • Julian Melville,

    Great read. Thanks for writing that, David.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 200 posts Report

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Spam like 'ghost ships'. Brilliant!

    You have successfully taken me away from my own petty worries this day. Thank you.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2562 posts Report

  • Richard Llewellyn,

    Ditto all the above sentiments. A close friend is shortly to experience the world of Rehab Plus and your story illuminates much of what he might expect. Cheers and keep getting better.

    Mt Albert • Since Nov 2006 • 399 posts Report

  • Islander,

    This is a profound and marvellous on-going story, David. Thank you for giving me an insight, deep insight, into strokes...may all continue well, and get better-

    (Late last month, I was briefly in the ED of a South Island hospital having had an 'episode': a CT scan showed that I had historic lacuna(which I had not known about) but not a recent bleed. And to think I thought lacuna meant a gap in an ancient manuscript! I appreciate the morning coffee anf the sea around even more since - and my marvellous family as much as I possibly can-)

    Big O, Mahitahi, Te Wahi … • Since Feb 2007 • 5643 posts Report

  • Jackie Clark,

    David, what a deeply affecting way you have of telling your story. It was a great privilege to read it. I hope that your recovery is ongoing, and that you find your "new" normal a liveable place to be.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3136 posts Report

  • buzzy,

    As many others have said, David this is a brilliantly written and very moving article.

    I've only ever read a few other articles on the subject, and those tended to be "women's weekly" style things*, glossing over the pain and focusing on how nice things are now the sufferer is back at home amongst loved ones. This gives a far greater insight into how hard it is and the sort of things you had to go through.

    I hope things continue to get better for you :)

    * for lack of a better description

    Wellington • Since Apr 2009 • 20 posts Report

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    Hey David, Howzit? Been to that rehab plus also and a little bit of history is a friend of mine with spina bifida used to live there until they trialled a flatting situation for him(Miles) and another person there (Shelly), of which he happily still does to this day.The building still has the faded hygiene stickers attached to the public toilet green paint around the building.
    Very similar situation to you, but my man just commented that mine was a wee bit more complicated. Reading this flooded my memory of things that I think I subconsciously chose to forget.You are so right about lack of information but it was available if you asked of which we did plenty, which became rather annoying to them but good for us. It's been 5 years for me and I feel fukin' fantastic but not as I was although less alcohol and not smoking is a good thing yeah?Every year something gets better so you give it your best and take care. I highly recommend red wine but!:)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report

  • Stephen Judd,

    I agree with all praise above.

    Some people don't make much if any progress. My aunt had a stroke three or four years ago and is still almost completely speechless and unable to walk. My grandmother died within a few weeks of her stroke. When I read this story of recovery this knowledge increases my sense of how precious these gains are.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report

  • Sacha,

    That's beautiful and brave, David. Thank you for baring so much of yourself. And my thanks to Russell for publishing it here, where I am sure many will visit over time for genuine insight into an often confusing, overly secret and poorly supported experience for all concerned. Kia kaha.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

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