While at the American Stroke Foundation (ASF), Mike can be found chatting with the members and staff — that is one aspect he loves most about being a member of the ASF! Mike enjoys using the gym and personal trainer to continue to build his strength for walking. He enjoys telling jokes and is always the first to offer kind words and an uplifting spirit to the other members and staff.
When Mike is not at ASF, he enjoys watching all sports. He especially enjoys watching the Kansas City Royals baseball team and the Kansas City Chiefs. Mike says that he also enjoys watching college football more than professional, but he will watch them all. Mike has a great support system! His relationship with his son and daughter-in-law is one that is rare and so fun to be around. Mike and his son have a great bond that is both goofy and encouraging. He loves that he gets supported at both home and ASF.
Since experiencing his stroke, Mike has been more cognizant and appreciative of the people in his life. He says that when he goes out into public, he is more aware of people who also have disability and ensuring that those public areas of ADA accessible. Mike states that having a stroke has allowed him to prioritize his health and maintaining his strength. He is thankful for the comradery that he has found at ASF and getting to hear of others’ stroke journeys. He has learned that life is hard and that you have to work at it, but the hard work does pay off. Because of the progress he and his family have noticed since joining ASF, he plans to continue coming to program for as long as he can.