Rewiring the Brain: A Stroke Survivor’s Journey to Recovery

After experiencing a life-altering stroke in November 2022, Don Snider was faced with uncertainty and daunting obstacles on his road to recovery. However, through his resilience and the support of the Calgary Stroke Program, he began to regain strength, mobility and hope.

Videography by Haley Martin

What began as a regular day of running errands for Don Snider ended with him in the hospital with a loss of feeling in the right side of his body from the neck down.

Illustration by Jeannie Phan

He compares his experience to what he imagines being swallowed up by quicksand feels like — gradual, but relentless — like an invisible force pulling you down, making you vulnerable and unable to move. Every year, there are 15 million strokes experienced around the world and both stroke and rehabilitation look different for each person. Dr. Sean Dukelow, MD, PhD, a professor in UCalgary’s Department of Clinical Neuroscience, is leading the CanStroke Recovery Trials, where the research being done across Canada is improving rehabilitation for people like Snider.

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