Kirk update: Senator has walked 15 miles, calls everyday a "challenge"

Kirk update: Senator has walked 15 miles, calls everyday a "challenge"

Posted by Kerry Lester on Fri, 07/27/2012 - 17:15

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office Friday afternoon released a much anticipated update on the Highland Park Republican's recovery from a January stroke.

Kirk, who is shown in a picture visiting with Republican Congresswoman Judy Biggert of Hinsdale earlier this week, thanks the doctors and physical therapists working with him in a Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago research trial.

In the past 9 weeks, Kirk says he has walked an average of 3,677 steps per day, a total of 14.79 miles over ground and on the treadmill, and up 145 flights of stairs.

Kirk, 52, describes every day as a "challenge" but notes he is "committed to providing you with updates on my rehabilitation and my work on behalf of Illinois in the United States Senate. Thank you to all who continue to send their prayers and messages of support, I am honored to serve and look forward to returning as soon as possible."

This is the first update on Kirk in more than a month. In early May, the senator's office released a video (below) showing for the first time Kirk talking and walking since the stroke. Days afterward, Kirk authored a letter posted on his Senate website, describing the stroke as "something profound happening inside my skull."

Kirk was reportedly thrilled to see the video had more than 38,000 web hits.

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