By Peter Day
LUCERNE VALLEY — On a day known for celebration, Leslie Cummings was in a festive mood on May 5, 2011.
Then she had a stroke.
"It wasn't exactly my independence day," the Lucerne Valley resident said.
Partially paralyzed on one side, Cummings dived into getting well, following the orders of her doctors and doing whatever she could to move forward.
"I was very lucky I had a lot of family and friends who gave me support."