Stroke Camp: A Place of Support and Fun for Survivors and Caregivers

On Feb. 8, 2016, at approximately 11 p.m., I experienced a hemorrhagic stroke. I went to bed and felt an odd sensation that I knew was not going to just go away. My husband was downstairs and I immediately called him for help. He called 911 and the paramedics were at our home within minutes.

Kim and Tim Trammel at the 2016 Stroke Camp at Pleasant Ridge Camp & Retreat Center.

Before the stroke, I was always independent. I had my own business and was very active in the local community. I drove myself everywhere I went and had no reservations about traveling anywhere I needed to go.

Now, I’m fully dependent, mainly on my husband, Tim. I haven’t driven a car since the stroke. I have facial paralysis on my right side and can’t close my right eye fully. I have double vision, balance issues and haven’t been able to walk without assistance.

When I went to Stroke Camp last year, I had no idea what to expect. My doctor had suggested it on my last visit but there were only a few days left to sign up. My husband went online that night and enrolled us. I liked meeting people and their families who have gone through similar experiences. The group sessions were informative and the game times were super fun!

I would recommend Stroke Camp for others because you can talk to other people and their families who have had this experience. You get to find out that you are not alone and the feelings you have are normal. Stroke Camp helps survivors and their families get out and do things that they may not have been able to do since the stroke. These include campfires, fishing, climbing, hiking, and arts and crafts.

Kim Trammel is a 2016 stroke survivor and Prisma Health Stroke Center patient. She and her husband, Tim, participated in the 2016 Stroke Camp. The Prisma Health Stroke Center is a proud sponsor of this camp that will once again take place April 26-28, 2019 at Unicoi State Park in Helen, Ga. Click here for more information and to register to attend or volunteer.

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