SCM January/February 2003

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jan Feb 2003An Infinite Win-Win — Train To End Stroke participants from across the country tell their inspiring and motivating stories.  Sisters Pamela Litz-Blevons of Deerfield, Ill., Paulette Litz-Devine of Napa, Calif., and Kathy Litz-Burn of Buffalo Grove, Ill. trained separately but walked together in a half-marathon in Kona, Hawaii, this year. Survivor Marc Hardin of Olathe, Kan., a veteran marathon runner, ran two TTES marathons plus the Boston Marathon this year despite balance problems.  Dennis Sakofsky, a 25-year survivor from Littleton, Colo., will be ran a half-marathon in Negril, Jamaica, in December 2002.  Sisters Julia and Ann Belden of Denver, Col. and San Francisco, Calif. ran the Vancouver Marathon together in honor of their mother who passed away due to stroke.

Aphasia Camp Creates Community — Uplifting experiences at the Portland State University Stroke Camp for families with aphasia are shared.   PSU Stroke Camp director Dr. Lynn Fox explains how the camp helps families cope with aphasia and create ongoing, supportive relationships with fellow camp participants.

Stepping Into the Future — Stroke survivor Rod McLean of San Rafael, Calif., describes his journey from shame to self-acceptance after a stroke 30 years ago altered his life and self-image.

Finding Hope — John Moore of Plains, Penn., describes his reaction to having a stroke and his journey to find his new job as a Warmline informational specialist with the American Stroke Association.

Surviving a Brain Stem Stroke — Survivors describe their personal experiences with brain stem stroke and healthcare professionals describe the unique symptoms of brain stem strokes and the different kinds of recovery from this type of stroke


  • Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers.
  • Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers. 
  • Stroke Notes features newsy stroke-related information on research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. 
  • Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.

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