Hello My name is Robert and my girl friends name is Sharon.Sharon had a stroke april 4th 2012 This is where my story begins That crazy day in april when our lives changed forever. The ER ...man what a scary place...not much compassion there they deal with death every day and it shows they do what they can but honestly how would you like the job of trying to calm down family members of a patient on the brink of death..that's gotta be hard on your heart and soul:She was in ER for a week The doctors told us not to expect her to recover and said if she did recover at all she would have total loss of her left side...ok with that news shocking the family What was I supposed to do?This is my soul mate and I knew If I gave up she would too.There was no way I was going to let that happen.so first things first I taught her to eat so they wouldn't put a feeding tube in her(tough fight there they kept ordering a tube and I kept telling them to wait I knew she would eat on her own given the chance)Ok now we're off to recovery center...... In-patient rehab....These people do great things and they’re very positive and encouraging(what a refreshing change) the therapy she received helped her leg, her speech,her eating and swallowing just about everything but her arm and hand...this is what i would like to talk about....I have been by her side since her stroke every therapy she got i repeated it in her hospital room and her recovery was amazing but they couldn't really do any thing for her arm( mainly due to the pain) I asked them about a sling to hold her arm shoulder joint in place(they said the pain and swelling was from pinched nerves in the shoulder)they said that she just had to work through the pain because there was no sling that really worked for the sublux shoulder.....my answer to that bull*&^%...I watched her therapist hold her arm in place and her pain went away....I started searching for a sling ..and sadly they were right every sling I found caused more harm then good..and they wouldn't let me put any on her..(they did try the give more sling but it just didn't work every time she bent her arm her shoulder fell down)..Well I didn't stop there when she got home she had in home care and I started making different slings while her therapist kept telling me what was wrong with each sling(made 10 kinds)finally they started liking where I was going with number 11.When I finished it. Her therapist loved it her pain level dropped to where she no longer takes pain meds..the recovery of her arm jumped 80% in two weeks now all of her doctors and therapist require her to wear the sling I made when she is up moving around. Well here it is ..it's august 2/2012 We got back from therapy this morning they said she has no dropping of the shoulder any more(after her stroke you could fit 3 fingers in the subluxation)now she uses her left arm and hand more and more every day(I'm so proud of her). All of her doctors and therapists kept telling me to patent the sling and get it out to the public.because there were so many people out there that needed one So I applied for a patent,put together a work shop to make them,and now to get them to the people that need them.We have donated many slings to hospitals and therapy centers (first one we made we gave to the rehab center sharon was in)around here (WV,VA,and MD)and as of Monday there heading to California.There is a case study being done right now in WV on the affects on patients the sling has and the doctors and therapist in VA are trying to help us get it researched also. What sets this sling apart from all the others My sling starts with a comfortable arm support. I start with an elastic arm band with non elastic cloth ends with elastic hook and loop fastening system for arm size and comfort .this is placed over the bicep of each arm. Each arm support has a strap permanently mounted on the top front and one strap grommet and one quick-release buckle mounted to the top rear.The straps are made of semi-elastic material the top 2 straps start in front of the shoulder ,go over the shoulder crossing each other in the top middle of the back ,the strap from the top front of each arm support connects to the opposite arm support at a point at the top of the arm pit in the back at the buckle so you can adjust the upward pull on the injured shoulder. The third strap runs across the back from arm pit to arm pit with a hook and loop adjustment for lateral support of the shoulder joint. Well there it is..how this sling came to be(short version of a long journey)I don't know how many people it will help.If it only helps a few people stop the intense pain then it was worth the trip. Thank You for letting me tell my story...Maybe just maybe this sling may help you or your loved one. Robert Thornton