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How I Learned to Love Facebook

On November 21, 2013, when my husband Ronnie, a stroke survivor since 1997, went missing, my love/hate relationship with Facebook took a sharp turn toward love.

This is MY Ballgame

"One stroke, two strokes, three strokes; I refuse to go out." A survivor's poem.

“Until Death Do Us Part...”

In 1994, I had a major stroke. At that time, my wife Peggy and I had been married for 23 years. My life changed, but Peggy’s life and the lives of our three children changed dramatically.

Holy Limps & Holy Scars

Like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, I got a new heart, one filled with compassion for those facing similar struggles.

Determined to Make a New Normal

I’ve learned that every person’s journey is different. When I realized that my recovery was not going to happen overnight, I cried myself to sleep for a month. After that, I was determined to make a "new normal."

Because of My Stroke

It was inconceivable during those first weeks, when I was critically ill, that good would come from having a stroke. However, I found out later having a stroke provided new experiences and opportunities. One day, this became very clear to me.

Strokes, Strikes & Spares

A few years after his stroke, David Layton rediscovered bowling. He’s setting and achieving new goals for himself and having a great time doing it. Check out his video with tips for one-handed bowling.

But You Look So Normal

By now I am used to the odd looks people give me when I say that I’ve had a stroke.

Confessions of the Lucky One

I survived a stroke in 1994 at age 51. The physical aspects of recuperating from that stroke were no easy task, but the mental deficits continue to be more difficult.

Moving From the Minors to the Majors

Sometimes you strike out more times than you hit a home run. Life is about handling the strikeouts — adjusting your strategy after each pitch, adjusting your swing after a strike and being ready for the next pitch.

A Song for My Father

A beautiful tribute from a son to his stroke survivor dad.

Poems of a Recovery Journey

As a rehab patient, I found a spiral notebook and kept a journal of my feelings and experiences during this totally unexpected set of circumstances. I wrote these three poems to share encouragement with anyone who needs it.

Walking the Runway to Recovery

2011 was a tough year - but after surviving kidney failure, a stroke, seizures, high blood pressure and a Lupus diagnosis, Deborah Williams advice is to never give up.

From a Wheelchair to a Corvette

After much hard work and determination, Bill Perrick mastered a new set of wheels after a stroke.

Reinventing Myself

Strokes are devastating because they take so many things from us, but they do not have to rob us of our essence.
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Lowest stroke rates in older Baby Boomers; younger people rising

Lowest stroke rates in older Baby Boomers; younger people rising

Hand-in-Glove Rehab

New electrical stimulation therapy may improve hand function after stroke

Cumulative Effect

Pre-stroke risk factors influence long-term future stroke, dementia risk

High Blood Pressure is a Clue

Knowing the path of a person’s blood pressure from middle age onward may help doctors better assess the health risks posed by high blood pressure and could lead to earlier interventions to prevent stroke and other diseases linked to high blood pressure

Inherited High Cholesterol Increases Risk

Patients who experience high cholesterol due to an inherited genetic disorder from one of their parents—heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia — are much more likely than those with average cholesterol levels to have diseases caused by hardening of the arteries, including an accelerated onset of coronary heart disease by up to 30 years.

Blueprint for Post-Stroke Care

New guidelines tell us that to rehabilitate a stroke patient, it takes a village — one that extends far beyond patient and physician, family and friends.

Untreated HBP significantly increases risk of bleeding stroke

Left untreated, high blood pressure (HBP) may significantly increase your risk of developing a brain bleed, according to research presented at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2016.

Better patient outcome linked to Get With The Guidelines-Stroke

Stroke patients at hospitals participating in a nationwide quality-improvement program were more likely to be discharged home and less likely to die after discharge than patients in non-participating hospitals, according to research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

New online directory collects reviews of stroke rehab

A new, non-biased website dedicated to assisting patients, families and health professionals with identifying appropriate neuro-rehab solutions and resources has recently launched.

First Robotic Exoskeleton Cleared For Use With Stroke

Ekso Bionics Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, recently announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke.

African-Americans with depression more likely to have strokes, heart attacks

African-Americans with major depressive symptoms — perceived stress, neuroticism, life dissatisfaction — had almost twice the increased risk of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Quality and Outcomes.

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke

Speaking multiple languages linked to better cognitive functions after stroke
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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!