This is another thing that most people take for granted and don't even think about it, but I finally opened my own cheese stick today. I finally had enough grip to pull it open with both hands. My right (or more effected side) is weak, and my left side is still gaining strength but I was finally able to get one open. It took me several tries and quite a few minutes, but I finally did it. Until now I have had to ask my girls to do it. This may sound silly but it was quite a victory.