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11 Apr
A devoted daughter writes about how guided imagery helped motivate her father and return him to his sweet nature, after a devastating stroke that affected his entire right side..
Dear HJ,
My wonderful father suffered a stroke almost a year ago. It affected his entire right side. He was unable to do any of the things he enjoyed, like fixing up the house, helping my mother shop etc. He couldn’t play poker with his weekly group of cronies. As a result, he became very depressed. It was not like him. He is normally very cheerful. He was half-hearted about his physical therapy as well. He has always been the emotional mainstay for my mother, so of course her mood went straight into the hopper too.

My niece sent us your imagery for depression and for stroke after about five months, and we all have seen such a difference in him!!!!!!!! He listens faithfully twice a day and is now back on board with his therapy. He is getting a lot of function back, and the jokes and sweet disposition are back too for the most part, although he still has his down moments. He got more motivated after he began listening to the CDs.

The whole family is grateful and so I wanted to write and say "thank you".

Devoted Daughter in Sioux City
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award