"If I didn’t tell people I had a stroke, they have no idea, and that’s a testament to what Burke has done for me."
Karen Ohaire had a stroke in June 2007 while working as a legal assistant in Manhattan. She was only 37.
She came to Burke for stroke rehabilitation therapy as an inpatient and then continued as an outpatient after discharge. Karen had to relearn how to walk, talk, write left-handed as she was right-handed before the stroke.
"The hardest part was getting my speech back," Karen recalled, "but the therapists were always positive and encouraging. It’s hard to get down on yourself here. If you’re in a bad mood or don’t want to work on your therapy, people will pick you up."
Karen spent a month working to regain movement and speech as an inpatient and eight months doing outpatient therapy. Her drive to get better, along with family support and the therapy she received at Burke, enabled Karen to achieve the highest level of recovery possible. Today, Karen is living on her own in her own apartment in Larchmont. She also volunteers twice weekly at Burke.
"If I didn’t tell people I had a stroke, they have no idea," she said. "And that’s a testament to what Burke has done for me."
Learn more about Burke's Stroke Rehabilitation Program.