Angela P.

Angela P.

Angela Parks was a busy, working mother of three young children when her life changed suddenly. Charles, her four-year-old son, tried waking her one morning. Right away, it was clear something wasn’t right. Angela’s left arm and leg weren’t working right and she was having great difficulty speaking. Charles called for help, and his mother was sent to the hospital where she was diagnosed with a stroke.

Because of her stroke, Angela could no longer walk on her own. She could not care for herself. Even worse, she couldn't speak. Angela’s family chose Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital to help her recover. Gateway’s dedicated team of therapists, nurses, physicians, and case managers motivated Angela to work hard toward her goal of returning home to her family.

Over the course of four weeks, Angela stayed focused and achieved that goal. She relearned how to walk again, how to dress herself and how to speak again. When asked what her Gateway experience was like Angela replied, “I’m an independent person, I don’t ask for much. That’s why having a stroke was so hard. Therapy has been awesome. My therapists motivated me to do things. I feel better about walking now and I feel better about my speech.”

Angela’s advice for others who find themselves in a similar situation?

“There will be good days and bad days. It takes hard work but you can get better.”