Ron's Story

Two time stroke survivor perseveres through strength and determination

Forties and fit, the last thing Ron Hill expected when he dropped a glass of water and had trouble talking was to be having an ischemic stroke in March 2014.

“I do CrossFit five days a week and run three. Even the emergency workers were surprised when they found a blood clot in my right carotid artery,” said Ron.

Spending two weeks in a local hospital, he was paralyzed on his entire left side and had vision problems.

“I went from extremely active to not being able to use my left arm, hand, and not being able to walk. I asked my family to find the best rehabilitation place in the country so that I could get better.”

In April 2014, he was transferred to DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

“I was 150% motivated. I had scheduled physical and occupational therapy and I always asked for more. During my three week stay, there were some days I would work out for five or six hours, plus do more exercises in my room. I was discharged needing minimal assistance to walk.”

Determined to run a 5K, he spent the next five months outpatient at RIM working to further improve arm and leg movement. In October 2014, he completed the Detroit Free Press 5K.

“I couldn’t believe just a few months earlier I couldn’t walk, and now, I completed a 5K. I pushed myself every day.  My therapists were the best coaches ever.”

In December 2014, after making such extraordinary progress, Ron had another stroke. He left the hospital using a walker and knew the best place to get help was the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.

 “I’m doing outpatient therapy at the RIM Sterling Heights location. They are phenomenal therapists and just as dedicated and motivated as I am at working towards a full recovery.”