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Expect the Unexpected

At age 9, I had a hemorrhagic stroke, a bleeding into brain tissue, and the result of a brain tumor. The tumor was growing into nerves surrounding the brain stem. A blood vessel had ruptured, and the time frame between onset of stroke and onset of treatment was closing fast.

Spring Break 2017: The Cerebellar Hemorrhage Edition

Awakened by what I believed to be a sinus headache, I wanted to go to the bathroom for some sinus meds and an Aleve®. Sitting on the edge of the bed, feet on the floor, I proceeded to stand up. Then…BOOM! I collapsed like a puppet whose strings had been cut.

A Letter to My Daughter

Stroke never only impacts the survivor, it touches all who care for them. Survivor Delanie Stephenson pens a touching letter of apology to her daughter, Katie, for all the ways Mom’s stroke changed their lives.

Why I Paint

Survivor Denice DeAntonio didn’t think she was artistic and thought her stroke had left her too visually impaired to paint. Now she finds herself enjoying trips to the store for art supplies and gathering friends for painting parties.

No Joke, A Stroke

On October 26, 2014, my life changed in a way I truly never thought it would. I knew it COULD, but like many other carefree 44-year-olds, I thought I was immortal. I knew that I had health risks that made me susceptible to stroke; I also knew that I didn’t take care of myself the way I should.

The Truth About Caregiving

I have been a caregiver most of my adult life, both professionally and personally. Not only am I the mother of two adult children, I worked in health care as a nurse for over 20 years. On December 6, 2008, I had a massive hemorrhagic stroke. After that fateful day, I was no longer the caregiver.

Accepting Who I Am

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

One-Handed Heimlich

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

A Special Thank You

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

Helpfulness & Kindness on a Steep Path

Sometimes we find ourselves in sticky situations. A stranger’s kindness can make a big difference. It did for Richard Lambert, “I told the man that I thought God might have sent him to help me. He was wondering about that, too.”

Learning to Be a New Person

She was a wife, had a job, one child in daycare, another in kindergarten. All this came to a screeching halt when she had a massive brainstem stroke that left her unable to talk, walk and swallow.

We See You Staring

Caregiver Heather Bustamante’s poem expresses how it can feel when strangers stare at her and her husband and how they choose to react.

Days With My Dad

Serious events like a daughter’s stroke and father’s heart attack aren’t typically considered blessings, but for Denice DeAntonio, a beautiful blessing emerged from those two frightening experiences.

The Bonus Years

In Feb 2003, Virginia had a stroke. She woke up in May. She had had a hemorrhagic stroke caused by an AVM. She still remembers the first two things her husband said to her.

Revisiting PT After 15 Years

Stroke survivor Connie Stagnaro headed back to physical therapy 15 years after her stroke after surgery to correct a stroke-related condition. But this time was different than the first.
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New drug to prevent clots clears safety hurdle

An experimental type of anti-clotting drug appears to be safe, according to an early-phase study. That’s good news in the treatment of stroke because current medications can increase the risk of potentially dangerous bleeding.

Caregivers must safeguard their own health to help others

Caring for a loved one with a serious medical condition can be overwhelming at times, especially with other obligations at work and home. So, it’s important for caregivers to remember to tend to their own physical and emotional health needs, too.

Missed osteoporosis screening puts stroke survivors at fracture risk

Stroke survivors are at risk for osteoporosis, broken bones or falling. Yet many aren’t screened for such dangers, which may increase the odds they’ll suffer fractures, a new study says.

Emphysema may increase risk of ruptured aneurysms

When a weakened artery wall balloons or bulges, it’s called an aneurysm. For people with emphysema, the risk of that aneurysm rupturing is much higher than for those without the lung condition, new research suggests.

Ethnicity a 'risk-enhancing' factor under new cholesterol guidelines

As in most things, family matters. Specifically, your family’s ethnicity could make a difference, at least when it comes to cholesterol and your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.

Infections may be a 'trigger' for heart attack, stroke

Could picking up some type of bug increase your chance of having a stroke or heart attack?

The eyes have it for high blood pressure clues

Detecting high blood pressure early — and treating it with diet, exercise and medication — is crucial, and eye doctors are on the front lines of the battle.

Warm, wet weather linked to improved outlook for stroke survivors

Rainy days may bring a lot more than spring flowers and relief from summer heat — they also are connected to better survival chances and overall outlook for stroke survivors, according to a new study.

A better way to predict heart attacks and strokes in space

Researchers may have developed a more reliable way to predict the risk of heart attack and stroke in astronauts — and the technique may eventually help gauge the same danger for regular folks on Earth, too.

Loss of elasticity in blood vessels may help identify higher dementia risk

Arterial stiffness among people with mild cognitive impairments could put them at higher risk for progressing to dementia, which may include Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study exploring the connection between the brain and vascular health.

Phone app gets more adults to take their blood pressure medication

People with high blood pressure are more inclined to take their medications correctly if an app on their smartphone reminds them, a new study suggests.

Following new blood pressure guidelines could prevent deaths among stroke survivors

Using the latest guidelines on high blood pressure would result in nearly 950,000 more U.S. stroke survivors diagnosed with the disease and could reduce deaths among stroke survivors by nearly one-third, according to research.
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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.

Helping Others Understand

Stroke affects people differently and many of the effects of stroke can be complicated. Helping friends and family understand how a stroke is affecting a survivor can help everyone involved.

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!