Edwin W. – Financial impacts after a loved one has a stroke

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Here's Edwin's story about how his family's life and finances changed after his grandfather had a stroke.

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July 15, 2020 (1 min 43 s)

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[Situation: Edwin W., college student and family member of a stroke survivor, talks about his family's financial situation]

[Text on screen: Edwin W.]

I remember I was in high school. I think it was grade 11. I got a call saying that my grandpa was in the hospital. He had a stroke.

[Footage of grandmother answering the phone]

I live with both my grandparents.

[Image of the entire family]

I grew up with them as like the second parent.

[Image of grandparents]

They were an integral part of my childhood and still are a big part of my life,

[Footage of grandparents in the kitchen]

so when something like this happens, you take care of the people who took care of you. I remember giving him these paper origami things to do for dexterity.

[Footage of Edwin making origami]

Kind of, I guess, one of the driving reasons why I'm studying healthcare.

[Footage of Edwin zooming in on a tablet]

Financially, my family, we weren't very well off, but we were at a good spot. Once the stroke happened, you kind of don't realize the added costs that you need.

[Footage of grandfather looking out the window]

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After the second stroke, his symptoms kind of deteriorated even more.

[Footage of grandfather waving from a hospital bed]

Our family wasn't at the best spot to hire a full-time nurse.

[Footage of grandfather exercising in a wheelchair]

I had to take my summer job off to come home and take care of him.

[Image of grandfather smiling]

He smiles, and his laugh,

[Image of grandfather with a hat, smiling]

and I know every time when he does that, like, "I'm at a good spot," little gestures like that, that tell me he appreciates everything that I do.

[Footage of notebooks]

I don't think insurance was something that we ever even talked about. But for sure now that I think back at it, it's something I wish we had.

[Footage of grandparents in the kitchen]

Now we can actually have conversations about finances when, before it wasn't something we talked about. I'd rather be over-prepared than under-prepared.

[Footage of grandfather looking out the window]

[Text on screen: Talking about the link between financial health and physical well-being is the first step in protecting both.]

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