Melissa McNaughton’s Story

“One day, I was drying my hair when all of a sudden I couldn’t hold the dryer…an MRI confirmed that I’d had a stroke, caused by a clot forming in my brain.

After inpatient rehab, I discovered Drake’s START (Stroke Team Assessment and Recovery Treatment) program and decided to join. Today, I can take care of my two children, cook and drive. I’ve started another round of therapy because I want to be able to go back to work, get rid of my limp and even run a marathon! Just because I had a stroke doesn’t mean I’m done with life. The START doctors and therapists understand that.”

The START Program is one of the first of its kind in the U.S. A team of clinical specialists assess patients who are months or even years post-stroke but passionate about a fuller recovery.

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