Winter 2014

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Stranger in a Strange Land

After two months of medical incarceration, the powers-that-be decided I was ready to face the outside world…or my insurance ran out. Either way I was a free man.

Understanding Moyamoya Disease in Children

When Malachi Horton was 18 months old, he lost movement in his right arm and leg and was unable to sit, stand or walk. “We took him to three different emergency rooms before he was diagnosed as having a stroke,” his mother Erin Horton said.

Tips from Survivors: Fingernail Grooming & More

Two great tips for caring for your nails with the use of only one hand plus advice for shoes, dental floss and a device that helps when peeling fruits and vegtables.

Reinventing Myself

Strokes are devastating because they take so many things from us, but they do not have to rob us of our essence.

From a Wheelchair to a Corvette

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

Helpful Communication Apps After Stroke

Apps and websites that may be helpful for stroke families.

Growing Up in a Stroke Family

Studies show younger people are having strokes more often than even a generation ago. As a result, more children are being raised in stroke families. And we’ve talked to enough survivor and caregiver parents to know that they are concerned with how the stroke affects their children. With that in mind, we talked with two sisters about their experience growing up in a stroke family.

Early Brain Stimulation After Stroke

Non-invasive brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to research in the American Heart Association, journal Stroke.

Covering All Americans: Understanding the Affordable Care Act

Under the health care law, America has an unprecedented opportunity to expand insurance coverage to millions, helping protect them financially and enabling them to get the preventive care they need to avoid serious illnesses. Among those eligible for coverage are more than 7 million people with a history of heart disease or stroke who are currently uninsured.

Survive Thrive & Lead

Dr. Donna Arnett, past president of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has a couple of firsts to her credit: the first epidemiologist to be president of the organization and the first stroke survivor.
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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!