Roy S.

Roy S.

Happy Anniversary to me! My name is Roy Salinas, husband, father and grandfather to little Jaxon. I am celebrating my 6th anniversary as a blessed stroke survivor. With the support of my wife, Frances, and my loving family I have survived. I got dealt this hand like a deck of cards. It takes a lot of work and you have to work because it’s forever. I know what I want! “I’m winning the Stroke; it will not WIN over me!”

My stay at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital was about 21 days. The first day a nice nurse told me DO NOT reach for anything call for assistance, but I did not listen I reached for something and fell off the bed. Needless to say, I would not reach again. My therapists would begin each day writing on the board my activities for the day. I was with one of the therapists from 8am to noon. They taught me to take a bath, how to move my fingers again and walk again. Some days were hard but I thought to myself Stroke happens. Stroke can be easy or very hard, you never know. On the last day of therapy, they rolled me into the therapy room and I ended up walking out of the hospital. I felt like running to show everyone I was feeling great, I ended up galloping home.

Special thanks to SJVRH, Raquel, Kristina, Russell, Carrie and Sarah! They are like family, they did not give up on me and I am not giving up on them. My passion now is to help everyone. To help stroke survivors deal with it one day at a time and let them know I will be there for them. San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation and their team of specialists made me who I am. I am now a “Stroke AMBASSASOR!” – Roy & Francis Salinas