Bill

Bill was just 69 years of age when his life was changed forever. He was living in Joseph Oregon with his wife Debbie and was surround by large amounts of friends. He was a real estate broker and was running his own company. 

It all happened on Thursday October 24th, 2014, Bill experienced what is called a Lacunar stroke which gave him right side paralysis, impaired vision, loss of speech, and difficulty swallowing. Debbie had brought him into the ER on Friday, but he had a banquet he was planning so he decided to go back home. As they both realized on Saturday that nothing was getting better, the ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital where he found out why he was experiencing all the issues with his body, he had experienced a stroke.

On Halloween he flew to Bend where he had family who could support him. He spent 30 days in inpatient care, and after release they decided it was best for them to stay here in Bend. They closed their real estate office and moved their stuff to a relative’s house located in Bend. They sold their house back home and purchased their first townhome on April 1st

Though moving to Bend and recovering from a stroke has been challenging with the loss of some friends from back home, and the rehabilitation process, Bill has always kept on setting new goals for himself. He loves to ride his trike throughout his neighborhood and is an avid swimmer involved in aquatic therapy. He has made many new friends through his community, and through SAO who have been a great support group for him and his wife. He has regained and continues to work on his speech, and his walking skills, and his communication. He is a role model to many and will continue lifting up others and helping them along their journeys.