Jay Goble is a stroke survivor who wants to give back to those who helped him recover. And he wants other survivors to know that recovery is possible. On Friday, May 4th, Jay will be traveling from his home in Honesdale to his cousin’s restaurant in Hawley, a trek of eight miles, to celebrate his recovery from stroke.
Jay chose May not only for the spring weather but because it’s National Stroke Month. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. It’s the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability. The good news is that there are things you can do to prevent strokes, like eating right, exercising, controlling your blood pressure, and avoiding drugs and alcohol. And if you or a loved one suffers a stroke, rehabilitation can help you get back some or all of your functions.
During an auto accident in 1998, an artery in Jay’s neck was crushed, causing a massive stroke. He required brain surgery and was told he would never walk or talk again. But after physical, occupational, and speech therapy as an inpatient at Heinz Rehab Hospital in Wilkes-Barre and an outpatient at Allied Rehab in Honesdale, Jay made amazing progress. Now his speech is fine, and he is very sharp with a great memory.
After being discharged from outpatient treatment, Jay saw a story on Good Morning America about Bioness functional electronic stimulation therapy for the arm and hand, and how it could help stroke patients regain function, sometimes long after a stroke. Jay returned to Allied, this time to the outpatient clinic in Scranton, and received more successful therapy with the Bioness.
Jay is a very positive person who is determined to get every bit of function back that is possible. He wants to show others the value of perseverance and a positive attitude. When asked by anyone how he is doing, he responds, “Absolutely, positively fantastic!”
You can join Jay by cheering him on along the way or by making a donation in his name to Allied Services Foundation. All funds raised will be used for rehabilitation for stroke survivors who are uninsured or underinsured.