Created: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 05:06:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:28:08 EST
A few months ago 51 year old Bernard Anthony got the health scare of his life.
Bernard says, "It was very scary. I don't know a better way to say it than that."
On June 1st, 2013 Bernard had a type of stroke that very few people survive.
Therapist Nikki Stephens says, "Mr. Anthony had a hemorrhagic stroke. Which is one of the most deadly strokes and it affects 13 percent of most stroke cases."
With all his major improvements...you would not be able to tell that he had a serious stroke less than 90 days ago.
But like many stroke victims, Bernard could barely move afterward.
Doctors say he lost complete feeling on his left side, and had trouble walking, speaking or understanding others.
It's a feeling he says he will never again take for granted.
Bernard says, "Small things that you take for granted that you do all the time every day. And when those things are kind of snatched away from you, you are like oh my god, you know. I had no idea how important this was and now I have to learn how to do it all over again."
But after aggressive therapy treatments at Eastview Nursing Center, he is walking again, and talking just fine. Experts say that rehab plays a crucial role in the recovery process.
Nikki says, "Very important. It’s very important to have an aggressive team of therapist."
An aggressive team that Bernard is extremely thankful for.
Bernard says, "They literally walk you through everything. This is how you do this, step by step how it is done. They did all of that, so I got high praise for them for them, I really do."