Submit Your Story

Become a contributor! Stroke Connection accepts and encourages submissions from stroke survivors and their family caregivers. We look forward to reading your story. 

Frequently Asked Questions  

Are all submissions published?
Stroke Connection has a limited number of pages and is only quarterly, therefore it is impossible for us to publish all submissions.

How do I know if my submission is selected?
You will be notified; however, the Stroke Connection editorial team meets once every three months to select content for upcoming issues, therefore it could be quite some time before you hear from us. Please be patient, and we’ll let you know as soon as we’ve made a decision.

Does Stroke Connection pay for stories?
Our goal is to keep Stroke Connection free to individual subscribers and to reach as many stroke families as we can; therefore, to keep our costs down, we do not offer payment for stories.

Can I submit my story to other publications?
Absolutely. In the event your submission is selected for publication, you will be asked to sign a form that gives us permission to reprint the story in future ASA/AHA publications or on our Web site, but you retain the right to publish your story elsewhere so long as it is not an exact replication of the Stroke Connection version.

Do you have writer’s guidelines?
Yes, writer’s guidelines are available in PDF format for download.

Other questions?
E-mail us at: scmagazine@heart.org; FAX: 214-706-5231; or call 1-888-4STROKE (478-7653) with your questions and we’ll be happy to get back to you.

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Accepting Who I Am

After a massive stroke due to four ruptured aneurysms, Beth has never given up and never will.

Don't Make Me Over

Comedian and stroke survivor, John Kawie vents about unsolicited advice, opinions and comments strangers off about his disability.

Grieving the Old Self, Embracing the New

Stroke often changes a survivor’s ability to do things that are important to them, and the loss of what you personally, dearly valued in yourself can be very challenging. Survivor Rachel Scanlon Henry shares how her own process might’ve been better supported if she’d been conscious of the stages of grieving as she experienced them.

Finding Joy as a Caregiver

Our lives today are not at all what we expected prior to the event. They are different, but in so many ways, better than what we expected. Each day is filled with the joy and peace of knowing that although we did not choose this path, we did make a conscious choice to do it well.

One-Handed Heimlich

Recently, survivor David Layton and his wife Charlotte found an alternate meaning for the phrase “single handed living.”
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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!