Of all the common causes of disability, many people fear strokes the most. A stroke is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in brain’s blood supply. This can be due to blockage or leakage of blood. As a result, one might have the inability to move the limbs, inability to talk, vision or multiple other problems. A rare but disastrous stroke causes the “locked-in” syndrome, a condition in which a patient is aware and awake but cannot move or communicate verbally due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body except for the eyes. I will always remember a man with the locked in syndrome from medical school who silently started to cry as the doctors callously talked about his “locked in” condition across his bed.