April, 2005, I had a stroke which paralyzed my left side. I went to the emergency room immediately and received tPA, a clot busting drug. The following day my neighbor, Sue, a Reiki Master came to the hospital and gave me Reiki. While she was doing the treatment my whole body felt a surge of energy and I moved my left fingers for the first time in 24 hours, my brain felt as if it was working with my total body for the first time in 24 hours. Sue gave me Reiki everyday while I was in the hospital and after returning home. I felt it was most beneficial along with rehab for my body to return almost completely back to normal.
August, 2005, I had another stroke affecting my left side and my voice. I received tPA again and my neighbor, Sue, also came to the hospital to give me Reiki everyday I was there. Upon returning home Sue continued Reiki and with rehab I regained almost all of my physical movement on the left side and I can speak again, although it is not with the same volume or sound as before. I wrote several letters to the hospital administration, the person in charge of the stroke section and also to the Volunteer Program. The Hospital uses Reiki Practitioner Volunteers in the Heart Hospital adjacent to the main hospital but to date they have not used Reiki Volunteers in the stroke section. I am presently taking Reiki I and Reiki II and will volunteer at the hospital as soon as I am certified. I feel very strongly that stroke patients benefit greatly from Reiki and the healing energy it provides.