A stroke survivor's determination, combined with the compassionate care of her dedicated medical team and her participation in a UT StrokeNet clinical trial, led to a heartwarming journey of recovery and resilience.
Stronger than We Know: A Stroke Patient's Remarkable Journey through a Life-Changing Clinical Trial
“It was all very foreign to me, but I thought, I'm getting older, and maybe I need all the help I can get,” Jan says. She remembers a moment with one of her doctors when she first joined the trial. He asked how she had lived through all she’d gone through, and she responded, “I have made sure that when I needed the help, I asked.”
Jan's participation in the research program involved self-administering a new medication through injections, a process she willingly embraced to improve her quality of life. She notes that the medication was initially covered by her insurance, and when it became too expensive, Dr. Majersik's team and the national CREST-2 investigators ensured she continued to receive it without financial burden, reflecting their dedication to their patients' well-being.
Jan's story showcases the power of the human spirit and the importance of a compassionate, dedicated medical and research team. Her relationships with Dr. Dewitt, Ms. Aitken, Dr. Majersik, and the research program team transcend the boundaries of medical care, extending to a profound sense of trust and support. Jan considers herself blessed to have met such extraordinary individuals during her journey.
Jan is now part of the CREST-2 Long Observational Extension program, and at the age of 81, she continues to lead an active life. She tends to her garden, maintains her home, and cares for her partner, defying expectations and living life to the fullest. Her story is a reminder that with determination, the right support system, and a caring medical team, one can overcome even the most challenging obstacles.