“I cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet”. This aphorism has been around for centuries. It can be taken to mean that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in, there is someone dealing with a more severe challenge. It is of no value to compare yourself to others. It is useful to be inspired by others; that is different from self-comparisons. There will always be those who are better off and those who find themselves in worse circumstances.
Focus on your situation, and on what you can do to improve yourself. This is actually a time when it is okay to be selfish. You must gather all of your strength and devote your time to your survival and rehabilitation. Right now you must help yourself before you can help anyone else. Learn to thrive!
There are some very inspirational stories on the American Stroke Association (ASA) website. Almost any of these survivors would be excellent role models.
Stroke Survivor Stories (ASA)