Cochran also donated equipment to CCH that has helped in her personal recovery process, including a device that enables patients to stretch their arms in various directions.
“Patients will be able to take kits with them and continue therapy at home,” Cochran said. “This provides further treatment and they can continue something they want to work harder on.”
By continuing therapy each week and keeping a positive attitude, Cochran said she has improved in the past year and has taught herself how to write and type with her left hand. Cochran has also relearned how to sew and bowl and has set a goal to bowl her former average score of 165.
“It might take two years or it might take 10 years to accomplish something — you’re not going to recover overnight,” Cochran said. “I’ve never really had a bad day that I couldn’t get through with a good day of therapy. I know I can succeed doing something there.”
Stroke patients also help one another find easier ways to accomplish complex actions, and Cochran said encouragement helps them recognize they are not alone.
Currently Cochran is working on a support group for stroke patients which she hopes to start in January.
“After having my stroke I thanked God I was alive,” Cochran said. “It left me disabled, but disabled is only a word. It makes me happy to make a difference in the lives of others. It feels like I’ve accomplished more than what I set out to do.”
For more information about the support group contact Director of Rehabilitation Services Andrea Hills at 241-8595.