Stroke Survivor izpitanie-art- Donka

Stroke Survivor izpitanie-art- Donka

Donka Dimitrova
Donka Ivanova Dimitrova was born on the 1st of April 1948. She's been working as a pharmacist for more than 40 years . She has a loving family - a son and a daughter, as well as two twin grandsons.

On December 2016, while working, Donka suffers from two sequacious strokes – Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. They leave her right side paralyzed/hemiplegia/, and she also loses her ability to communicate properly/aphasia/. Years of recovery follow with a team of rehabilitators. Much progess has been made in motorics and Donka could almost walk on her own.

Unfortunately, the aphasia remains persistent. Although she can't communicate verbally or in written form, her intellectual and recollection abilities remain intact. Sessions and exercises with a speech therapist do not contribute much towards recovery.

Art Therapy
On January 2018, Donka starts having art therapy sessions with a certified art therapist – Evgenia Marincheva. All artworks were made during these sessions. During some classes Donka even started trying to communicate verbally.

The way ahead
- Exhibition in Bankya Gallery in January 2019 with many artworks - organised to support the cause for stroke recovery with art therapy
- Exhibition in Hilton Hotel 2019 during the 5th congress for Neurosonology - great success and many paintings sold.
- Exhibition in Park hotel Moskva in October 2020 during the 6th congress for Neurosonology - some paintings were sold and all media was involved.

In September 2020 the Association for Stroke and Aphasia was born in Sofia and all funds from paintings sold were dedicated to the cause to assure conditions for proper stroke recovery, to help stroke survivors and their families, to reduce strokes overall in Bulgaria.

Art Scarves