Fall 2016

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In this Issue

Caring for a Survivor with Aphasia

Mary and Reed Harris have been partners in Reed’s stroke recovery for nearly ten years. Personal relationships rely on communication so Reed’s global aphasia was met with more than a few challenges. They share their story, tips and advice to others for living with the effects of aphasia day-to-day.

Tips for Communicating: Different Types of Aphasia After Stroke

Speech language pathologist Beth Crawford offers practical tips for families living with different forms of post-stroke aphasia.

Respite: Because You Care

Respite means a short break. It’s a word with tremendous meaning for family caregivers. Though there is still work to do, in recent years, strides have been made to better support the need for respite for family caregivers.

Mindfulness Meditation for Caregivers

Here’s a very simple suggestion for how to take a break – try meditation. A number of small studies have found meditation to have a beneficial effect on depression, insomnia, stress and caregiver burden.

Seeking a Cause

Stroke survivor Robert Cull’s medical team was persistent in trying to identify why he’d had a stroke and made an important discovery about his health in the process.

Revisiting PT After 15 Years

Stroke survivor Connie Stagnaro headed back to physical therapy 15 years after her stroke after surgery to correct a stroke-related condition. But this time was different than the first.

Surviving Three Brain Bleeds

Stroke survivor Andrew Bloom experienced his first hemorrhagic stroke due to an arteriovenous malformation (AVM) as a teenager in 1988. Since then he’s had two more – but he never quits fighting.

Be Aware of Risk in the Veins

VTE (venous thromboembolism) may be one of the most dangerous conditions you’ve never heard of, particularly for stroke survivors. Understanding VTE and why stroke survivors may be at higher risk is important.

Kaysee Hyatt's Why

Kaysee Hyatt suspected something was wrong with her infant daughter, Addison. But it would be six months before it was confirmed Addison had had a stroke. After getting invaluable support via social media, Kaysee formed the nonprofit Pediatric Stroke Warriors to connect families in the Pacific Northwest.

Doing Good Work in Georgia

In 2013 the Stroke Support Group of Southeast Georgia morphed into brainREConnect and became inclusive of survivors of traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and those experiencing primary progressive aphasia. Their goal is to address the isolation survivors and their families experience.
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Stroke Rehabilitation Two-Part Series

Making the Best Decisions at Discharge After Stroke

The type of rehabilitation and support systems a survivor receives at discharge can strongly influence health outcomes and recovery. In this, the first part of a two-part series on stroke rehab, we offer guidance for the decision-making process required when it’s time to leave the hospital.

What to Expect in Stroke Rehab

Following a stroke, about two-thirds of survivors receive some type rehabilitation. In this second of our two-art series, we want to alleviate some of the mystery, fear and anxiety around the inpatient rehab part of the stroke recovery journey.
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Departments

Stroke Notes

Stroke-related news you can use about new scientific findings, public policy, programs and resources.

Readers Room

Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

Everyone has a reason to live a longer, healthier life. These stroke survivors, caregivers and others share their 'whys'. We'd love for you to share yours, too!

Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

Cooking at home can be a daunting task, but a rewarding one for your diet and lifestyle (and your wallet). Making small changes in your diet is important to your heart health. Here are simple, healthy and affordable recipes and cooking tips.

Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!