Stories That Inspire Us welcomed to today’s podcast, Maria Garcia. Maria is a survivor and by all means, “Genuinely Maria”. At the age of 25, Maria suffered a stroke that left her with the ability to only blink. The day she suffered her stroke, is a day she will always remember. She recalls hearing “white” noise; she was trying to say words but nothing was coming out.
She was rushed to the hospital where she was eventually deemed non-responsive by the doctors. She physically was there but her health was in a peril type of life situation. She could not communicate; or so she thought. With great and intense detail, she relayed how the doctors informed her family that she would be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life (if she made it through) and even began the process of conversation with her family to harvest Maria’s body for organ donations.
To say she was, as Maria described, imprisoned in her own body is truly an understatement! She felt depressed, sad and frozen. She lost all hope. It wasn’t until her friend came to see her and showed Maria pictures of a vacation that they had taken together that Maria communicated with her friend via her eyes. Her brother did extensive research on stroke victims and was informed through such research that if you moved the patient’s limbs, etc., this would help them to rehabilitate to some type of functional living.
It was a very long hospitalization; re days then admitted to a rehabilitation facility for 2 months. She still felt depressed and as if there was no hope. Her medical benefits eventually ran out and she was discharged from the rehab facility. She had the added benefit of the work that her brother did with her and was in a wheelchair. As with many homes, a wheelchair was not conducive to her home so she immobilized herself with a walker.
She attributes the ability for her to use a walker to her brother moving her limbs which was critical to her life going forward!
Fast forward a few years and she attended a webinar for a nutritional program (WildFit). She took the course and now helps others to “Become a Better You”.
Maria can show you how to harness the power of good to become a healthier, stronger, more vibrant version of yourself.
“You don’t see the purpose . . . when you are going through something like this.“
Maria - we see your purpose clearly and with intent to inspire others to do the same! Maria’s story is truly a part of Stories That Inspire Us and I know that her story will inspire you!
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