Tonawanda News


July 3, 2013

Newfound freedom for NT woman after stroke

NT's Jackie Jackson inspires stroke patients and keeps positive attitude


Tonawanda News — “I had a car, I had a motorcycle, I had money in the bank,” Jackson said about her past. “But I survive, and I’m doing well. It’s not like I sit here and say, ‘Oh, poor me.’ I could, but it’s not me.”

One thing that makes Jackson feel happy is rock and roll music. It takes her about 10 minutes to get to Gratwick Park in her wheelchair, where outdoor summer concerts are held each year.

Being outside with people and listening to music in the park brings her back to what life was like before her aneurism. If she can feel the right side of her body now, she can feel fresh air on her skin — and she can feel happiness.

It may not be the same as it was, but Jackson said that’s not going to put her down.

”A lot of (stroke victims) say that they see how far I’ve come and they’re encouraged by how far I’ve come, so there is hope,” Jackson said. “A lot of hope.”

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