This is the part of who I am that led to this book!
My name is Sherry L. May. I was born and raised in Iowa, living briefly in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri.
Following my dream, I was doing amateur Stand-Up Comedy when, at age 35, I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. (I died during that stroke, but I came back.) I truly believe that I was made to come back for a reason. Actually, many reasons. The poetry I used to write, before the stroke, was to me very harsh.
Now, I see my poetry as softer and educating. I see life as lessons on looking at the world. This is how the world looks to me since I woke up from the coma, relearned how to walk, how to talk, and how to deal with life from a wheelchair. Now, I only use the chair to go long distances.
I have learned that people judge the brain injured very harshly because we can’t put our brains in wheelchairs! I get angry and frustrated, and the depression is awful. I am a survivor, though, and if slaying the ‘Dragons’ of the world is why I am back, then so be it!
I really wasn’t one for joining groups before, however my stroke has allowed it. I am now a member of two groups that you don’t want to join. I am a Stroke Group Leader, affiliated with the American Heart Association. I am a member of the Iowa Brain Injury Association. And, I have recently been appointed to serve on the Iowa Governor’s Brain Injury Advisory Board.
When I did stand-up comedy, I didn’t even joke about politics. The closest I got to being politically correct was that I am vertically challenged. At 4 foot 11 in shoes, buying groceries has always been a challenge! My stroke has expanded my world.