Mark McEwen Shares Path To Stroke Recovery
April 30, 2008 at 5:35 AM (PT)
You may remember MARK MCEWEN from his days telling Americans whether to prepare for a heat wave or thunderstorm as weatherman, and later anchor, for "CBS This Morning" from 1987 to 2002, or from his time in radio, including stints in NEW YORK, DETROIT and more.
But in NOVEMBER 2005, the wind shifted in MCEWEN's life when he suffered a stroke while visiting relatives in BALTIMORE, writes KIMBERLY HAYES TAYLOR in THE DETROIT NEWS. A hospital misdiagnosed his condition as the flu and discharged him. Two days later, on a flight back to his home in ORLANDO, MCEWEN had a massive stroke during the plane's descent. The prognosis was so grim, friends and family flew in from around the country to say goodbye.
"I couldn't talk, couldn't swallow," he said in a telephone interview from his ORLANDO home. "I had to learn to walk again."
Against the odds, MCEWEN made a comeback.
Now, 53, MCEWEN shares his intimate, life-affirming journey of recovery and rehabilitation in a new book being released THURSDAY, "Change in the Weather: Life After Stroke." "When one door closes, another opens," MCEWEN says. "The first part of my life was TV and radio, the second part is helping people overcome this malady of strokes. I can still talk. I give speeches, I tell people it's hard, but you do the work. You can come back."
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