A Special Thank You



A tribute from survivors to any medical personnel who have ever worked with a stroke patient.

 

We all have people in our lives that have impacted us as human beings:

That English teacher who inspired me;

The college professor who left an imprint on my being —

All pre-stroke, of course!

NOW, how do I say thank you to those that made me laugh and cry sometimes, who helped me jump-start my journey.

There is — and always will be — a special love deep within my soul for each of them:

The doctors

The nurses

The therapists

The aides

Those that pushed me until I wanted to quit—they refused to allow that.

Whether pushing or pulling, they made a difference.

I can never say thank you in strong enough words to express my debt of gratitude.

Some I will never see again.

This pains me so.

I can live content with the knowledge, they are off to parts unknown to help others start their journey —

God bless them every one.

These gifted souls, these angels of mercy and grace —

I’ll miss you and pray for you each day.

John Yurgens had a right hemispheric cerebral aneurysm and stroke on November 12, 2013 (11-12-13). Unaware of his multiple deficits he returned to work after only five months, and the attempt failed. Legally blind, he continues to have short-term memory issues and left-side weakness. Writing has proven good therapy and aided him in defining his new normal. He can be contacted via email.

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AHA-ASA Resources

The Support Network

When faced with challenges recovering from heart disease or stroke, it’s important to have emotional support. That is why we created a network to connect patients and loved ones with others during their journey.

Stroke Family Warmline

The Warmline connects stroke survivors and their families with an ASA team member who can provide support, helpful information or just a listening ear. We have trained several members of ASA's national call

Let's Talk About Stroke Patient Information Sheets

Let's Talk About Stroke is a series of downloadable patient information sheets, created by the American Stroke Association, that presents information in a question-and-answer format that's brief, easy to follow and easy to read.

Request Free Stroke Information Packets

Fill out this online form to request free information about a variety of post-stroke topics.

Caregiver Guide to Stroke

The Caregiver Guide to Stroke is meant to help caregivers better navigate the recovery process and the financial and social implications of a stroke.

Tips for Daily Living Library

This volunteer-powered library gathers tips and ideas from stroke survivors, caregivers and healthcare professionals all over the country who’ve created or discovered adaptive and often innovative ways to get things done!

Stroke Support Group Finder

To find a group near you, simply enter your ZIP code and a mile radius. If your initial search does not pull up any groups, try
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Stroke & Parts of the Brain

When Stroke Affects the Temporal Lobe

The temporal lobe has several functions, mainly involved with memory, perception and language.

When Stroke Affects the Brain Stem

The brain stem serves as a bridge in the nervous system. It sits at the top of the spinal column in the center of the brain. When a stroke happens there, it can cause a few different deficits and, in the most severe cases, can lead to locked-in syndrome.

When Stroke Affects the Thalamus

The thalamus can be thought of as a "relay station," receiving signals from the brain’s outer regions (cerebral cortex), interpreting them, then sending them to other areas of the brain to complete their job.
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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!