Winter 2015

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In this Issue

Social and Emotional Support: Keys to Recovery

A stroke affects more than brain cells – it impacts every area of the survivor’s life, as well as the lives of the survivor’s loved ones.

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

When you’re wobbly on your feet and you’re slammed broadside by a half-pint human, you go down like a sumo wrestler on a balance beam.

Working My Way Back

My journey started on September 8, 1995 at 5:30 p.m. I was 47. I got up from my chair and said I did not feel good and then collapsed onto the floor.

Don't Let Salt Sneak Up On You

The research published in the New England Journal of Medicine adds important evidence to a larger recent discussion about how much sodium people should consume and what kind of impact that has on health, said American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, M.D

My Mother's Stroke

My mother, Inga Tuvesson, had never been a big believer in doctors and medicine, a belief I inherited from her.

Teri Ackerson's Why

Being a stroke coordinator for a hospital in the Kansas City area helped her know what to do and stay calm when she experienced a stroke herself in 2013.

It CAN Be Done!

It’s often the very simple two-handed tasks, when approached with one hand, that seem to morph into monstrously frustrating and anything but the simple tasks we used to know. Case in point, opening cans and jars.

Managing Caregiver Expectations: The Medical Team

The third of a three-part series on how to use journaling as a method to help manage expectations across different aspects of your caregiving experience.

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.
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From Our Digital Edition

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs

This Simple Cooking with Heart Italian recipe for Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara and Turkey Meatballs is an upgrade from the classic.

Creamy Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Our Simple Cooking with Heart version of this American family favorite is creamy and delicious but is lower in fat, higher in fiber and much more heart healthy.

Sneaking More Vegetables into Meals

If corn and baby carrots are the only veggies your family eats, you may want to try a more sneaky approach.

Conquer Cravings with Healthy Options

Luckily, eating healthy includes foods of all sorts of textures and flavors. Here are some suggestions on satisfying your cravings with nutritious snacks of a variety of textures.
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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!