(ABC News) Dick Wagner had enjoyed a successful life on stage, playing lead guitar for bands like Alice Cooper, Aerosmith and Kiss, when he had a stroke and a heart attack in 2007.
“I woke up from a coma after two weeks with a paralyzed left arm,” said Wagner, now 70 and living in Arizona. “My profession as a guitarist, I thought was over.”
He and Cooper co-wrote the majority of the band’s top-selling songs, including the 1975 hit, “Welcome to My Nightmare.”
But Wagner’s own personal horror show had just begun. He worked hard at rehabilitation, but new symptoms began to appear: mental fuzziness and an odd gait.