Peer visiting gives new survivors an opportunity to see their own futures. When they talk to survivors who have been where they are and recovered to have a meaningful life, it gives them hope. We profile three programs – Colorado Springs, Colo., San Diego, Calif., and Richmond, Wash. – that are using peer visitors to enhance the recovery of survivors.
Stroke Connection Readers have a great deal to contribute. Visit our expanded 'Letters to the Editor' that we weren't able to include in the printed issue.
Other articles include:
On the High Road with Gary Hyink
Survivor Gary Hyink has traveled high and low as well as far and wide. At one point after his stroke he was homeless for several years; through it all he wrote poetry and turned to Scripture. Today he lives in New York City, the trophy husband of a Mount Sinai medical school professor.
How to Beat a Stroke
Survivor Laura Wisner of Conyers, GA, had a lot of help in her recovery, but when her sister/caregiver died of cancer, she found her recovery was completely in her own hands. Her four rules for beating a stroke will touch every survivor.
Moving On Together – The Difference a Group Makes
A crew of caring therapists in New London, Conn., put together a post-stroke exercise program where survivors can continue enhancing their recovery. The group, called “Moving On,” has become a boon not just for the physical recovery of the survivors, but for their emotional and spiritual needs as well. Ten participants share their feelings in this story written by one of their caregivers, Lucy O’Neil.
Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers about the magazine’s editorial content.
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: Let’s Get Physical
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie tells of his transformation from survivor to Cool Treadmill Guy – there are cute girls involved in this.
Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue we feature dressing tips and clothing resources for people with disabilities.
EDS Resources features organizations helpful to stroke families. This month we spotlight the Friends’ Health Connection. This non-profit organization networks people with similar medical conditions thereby creating peer support for recovery.