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Sen. Kirk Enters "New Phase" Of Stroke Recovery

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Jul 28, 2012 8:00PM

Sen. Mark Kirk meets with Rep. Judy Biggert at his home on Thursday, July 26, via Kirk's website.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) has offered a new detailed update on his recovery from the stroke he suffered in January, saying he is moving "into a new phase of outpatient rehabilitation for occupational and physical therapy." Kirk says he walks 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 as he works to regain his strength.

"Every day is a challenge but I am committed to providing you with updates on my rehabilitation and my work on behalf of Illinois in the United States Senate," Kirk said in a statement.

Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Hinsdale) met with Kirk and said he was wisecracking about his "dreadmill," and she says he meets with his aides every night after physical therapy. “He looks great and we had a great conversation,” she told the Tribune. “He’s back on his game. He’s doing well. I think he’s eager to get back, but I imagine that he will return (to the Capitol) whenever the doctors tell him he can."