Survival Journeys

Though strokes often have common effects, each one is also different. And each stroke survivor's journey is as unique as the individual themselves. Survival Journeys features stories by and about stroke survivors, sharing their experiences and insights.


 

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Pre-dawn Pole Dance (Poem)

A touching and candid poem by family caregiver Alesa Lightbourne.

Marriage After Stroke

When we said, “I do” on Nov. 2, 2001, my husband and I meant every word of our marriage vows. We repeated them with no doubt we’d spend forever together.

The day my life hit the pause button

There came a time I call a “critical decision point.” I had to decide if I would go down the rabbit hole and play victim for the rest of my life or stand up for myself and put up a fight.

Five Out of Six Ain’t Bad

The reality is, I am a different person. I feel like half of myself stitched to half of this new person. The original me, and this “survivor”; these two different people, unaware of each other, are living side-by-side.

Sympathy Becomes Empathy

Physician Courtney Magdalene Moore has experienced stroke from both ends of the stethoscope, and being a survivor has changed her approach with patients.

A Survivor’s Insights on Her Journey Back

Stroke recovery is often a marathon, says Barbara Silverstein, who shares her story and three important insights.

Finding My Own Way

Advocating for my own care has been my toughest recovery battle.

My Story of Striving in the Post-Stroke World

Mitch Raymond had a stroke during childhood. He shares his uphill battle full of twists and turns and how he’s been able to achieve success.

Lifelong Friends

Survivor Delanie Stephenson made more than progress in stroke rehab – she made friends for life.

Finding My Why

The changes stroke can bring sometimes leave a survivor feeling like they lack a purpose. Survivor Delanie Stephenson wanted a purpose, and found one.
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Making grocery shopping easier after stroke

Simplifying shopping and meal prep can make life easier, and following a healthy diet more doable. Whether you’re a survivor or a busy caregiver, here are some tips to get started.

Helping others understand: Post-stroke aphasia info sheet

We know it can be hard for family and friends to understand how post-stroke aphasia affects a survivor. Please share this article with your loved ones. Short on time? Here's our quick-reference sheet for printing, emailing or sharing via social media.

Helping others understand: Post-stroke aphasia

We know it can be hard for family and friends to understand how post-stroke aphasia may be impacting a survivor. We encourage you to share this article with the people in your life to help them understand.

Get Moving

More and more studies and experts concur: Moving is imperative for stroke survivors to feel better on many levels — physical, emotional, social, mental, cognitive.

A Kitchen Makeover

Making cooking simpler and safer.
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Going Back to Work After Stroke

A stroke can be a life-changing event that often includes overcoming physical, cognitive or speech barriers. Making the decision to return to work, despite those barriers, as well as the process of finding the right job, is unique for each survivor.

Stroke Survivor Goes Back to Work . . . for Herself

As I approach the eighth anniversary of being in private practice, I think about how it all came about and how if I hadn’t had a massive hemorrhagic stroke, I might not have been so bold as to open my own business.

The ADA Turns 25

Starting in the ’70s, the disability rights movement learned an important lesson from the civil rights movement and got organized. Their goals were the elimination of attitudinal, communication, transportation, policy and physical barriers so as to integrate people with disabilities into society.

Returning to Work After Stroke

For many younger survivors, going back to work is often the measure for recovery. Here's some excellent guidance if you're working toward getting back into the workplace.

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.
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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.

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!