The lives of stroke survivors often shrink after their strokes. Activities that they loved may no longer be available to them. And new activities – other than adventures in Therapyland – may be out of the realm of possibility. Perhaps that is why Saving Strokes, a golf therapy program developed and run by the Western States Affiliate of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, has grown so much. More than 550 survivors have been through the program, and almost 800 more are expected to participate in events this year at 13 sites in California, Nevada and Utah. We have highlighted three California golfers in our coverage: Carl Valdrow, Bill Dodd and John Castiglia.
A Change of Plans
Arizona caregiver Nancy Clarke writes about her husband Clif’s stroke two weeks before their daughter’s wedding in Canada. She also talks movingly about their lives in the three years since his stroke. “Three years have passed since Clif’s stroke. With the help of physical, occupational and speech therapy, plus participation in an aphasia support group and a lively conversation group, he has continued to make small steps forward. He still struggles to speak, though. There are good days and bad days, but sometimes he amazes me. A while ago, as we sat side-by-side on the love seat in our living room, I confided the stress I felt handling our family finances – once his job. He turned to me, put his hand over mine and said in a voice as clear as a church bell, “I can help.” And he has in many ways.”
Creating a Stroke Support Group
Author, group facilitator and stroke survivor Art Gottlieb shares the story of starting his stroke support group that has been thriving for over 30 years.
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Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.
Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.
Life at the Curb: Hold On, I’m Comin’ This month comedian and survivor John Kawie remembers a windy day in Manhattan when he had to depend on the kindness of strangers to get where he was going.
Everyday Survival features tools to help readers get started creating their own personal health records.