Richard Douglas Bouslough suffered his stroke at the relatively young age of 37. Previously an honors student, athlete, speaker and teacher, he was active in church, home, and outdoor activities. Apparent excellent health hid a secret forewarned only by migraine. He looked like an up-and comer ready to grab the world by the tail and give it a fling. Health issues were furthest from his mind. He was more concerned with getting in a few more miles on his road bike, finding a fulfilling new career ministry having just graduated from seminary, and providing a good home for his wife and prospective family. Stroke struck a blow and it all seemed to come crashing down.
Now a recovered fifty-something, Richard is the Director of Information Systems for Forest Home Ministries headquartered in the San Bernardino mountains of Southern California. His amazing journey from not being able to walk unaided, from not seeing, tasting, or touching with feeling, and not remembering the details of his past or the details of his present, to his current position of respect and challenge in today's ever-changing technology industry, flows from a grateful heart with recognition of Jesus' miraculous work in his life. His story speaks of love under fire, of perseverance in unending repetitions of retraining, of an uncanny analytical consciousness in the functioning part of his brain even from the early moments of his stroke, and untimately of the assurance of hope in the Creator's good purposes for life.
Richard's account, founded squarely in a rich faith , will not only bring understanding of stroke but also empathetic tears of joy, and give cause for real hope among all survivors of stroke and their loved ones.
Richard now resides in Yucaipa, California, with his wife of 25 years, Claudia, and their two dogs, Kenna, aka "Sweet Beast," and Pierre, aka "Little Barky Boy".