After Stroke Success
by Laurie Ellis
This is me :)
I'm a 62 year old woman......I had a small stroke two years ago. Two months ago I timidly bought a compound bow. This was an impulse purchase during a time when I was trying to feel strong.
The first five times I shot an arrow it was like a bolt from the blue. I loved it....experienced joy. As I'm retired I had the time to do what I'm doing now.......constant shooting around experienced archers.
I joined a JOAD group ;) Don't know why he let me in, but he did.
The benefits to me physically and mentally are too many to list exhaustively here: regaining balance, core muscle strength to prevent falls, slow retraining of my affected side (which was my dominant, the side I shoot from), slapping down depression (which organically is usually present post stroke).
I now take no pain medication for my affected arm and shoulder. I train,walking for endurance. I hire coaches (probably too many.....confusing somewhat).
My goal is to be a compound bow Olympic archer. Yes, at 62. I go to every NFAA tournament here (every Sunday) and am steadily improving. I train every day joyfully and with increasing focus.
Is there a division for me Olympically speaking?
Here I'm a "silver senior female bowhunter." I just bought a target bow though and will begin to learn this and increase my ability.
Can I go to the Olympics? Do I have to petition to change the rules? ;D