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But on Feb. 13, 2013, something changed: Stooke started feeling better. “I actually know the date. It felt like I was getting my energy back. I started tolerating solid foods more.”
“Slowly, little by little, the strength came back.”
To this day, Stooke can’t explain how his health returned. His family physician can’t either.
Stooke said his recovery has been so complete, he feels healthier now than he did before his illness.
“Ultimately, it did resolve on its own. It just took a certain amount of time. Patience was the hardest thing,” Stooke said.
While Stooke considers those years of poor health “the worst experience of my life,” he also believes it gave his life direction. He returned to school and restarted his nursing training, eventually earning his diploma as a RPN.