My mother was 47 years old when a stroke caused by a brain aneurysm hit. Suddenly her short-term memory, sense of humour and the vision on her right side were gone.
Her mood swings were 24 hours, seven days a week. She, who had been an organized and educated breadwinner, was now dependent on a 12 year old daughter and husband, for almost everything.
It took almost 2 years for my mother to find herself, again. She did it with the support of friends and family who allowed her to try out her old skills with her new brain. My father insisted that she try. He began by bringing her to work with him, usually taking a cut in pay so he would be allowed to take breaks to care for her.