Using bowling as stroke therapy

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- David Layton says he lives by the Marine mantra, “improvise, adapt, and overcome.”

Layton is a stroke survivor who has taken on a sport that usually requires using all of your muscles, but with determination and creativity, he has learned to bowl with one arm.

“I figured out a way that I could use my walker to carry the ball from the car to the bowling alley and to the foul line every time,” he said.

At Countryside Lanes in Kernersville, some people know him as “the old man with a walker,” a description that he is hardly offended by.

"No, not at all. I'm proud of the fact that I can do what I do at 71,” he said.

Layton hopes that by bowling he will encourage other stroke survivors to stay busy and enjoy life.

"The important thing is to get out there and try,” he said.

Layton speaks to civic and religious groups about once a month to talk about stroke prevention and warning signs.

Within the last 10 years, he has spoken to more than 3,000 stroke survivors. You can learn more about his story by visiting his website, singlehandedliving.com.

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