David B


Charlotte, NC

Injury Level: Stroke
Injury Date: 8/22/2002

I had a hemorrhagic stroke on the first day of my senior year of high school. I was 17 and the stroke was caused by a developmental birth defect called an arteriovenus malformation (AVM). It is a relatively common birth defect that forms in the womb. Far less common is for it to rupture. Virtually unheard of is for it to rupture at such a young age.

A lot of things had to go right for me to even survive, as is the case with all of the clients here. I have seen most of what the therapy world has to offer brain injury patients in my 8+ years of continual recovery efforts. While my recovery has been slower than most, I assure any skeptics that it is not from lack of effort, innovation, or dedication on my part or those who help me. 

I have participated in over 4000 hours of therapy at several facilities, and I can assure you that the unique difference at Race To Walk, is philosophical. While many, with few exceptions, like to tell clients that there is a very definite ceiling to their recovery, you will never here that here. I know that the research may tell a different story, but just because something hasn’t been researched doesn’t mean it’s not possible. I leave you with this

Robert Frost: The Road Not Taken (1915)

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the 



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