Stroke families often experience serious losses as a result of stroke. The physical losses are obvious, but the personality changes wrought by stroke are often the hardest, especially for caregivers and other family members. The opportunity and ability to grieve those losses is one step in getting beyond the feeling of loss. The author of Helping Grieving People: When tears are not enough, Dr. J. Shep Jeffries is an expert on grieving and shares his wisdom in this issue’s feature story. We also talked to caregivers and survivors and other family members about their experience with grieving: Carol and Gene Monti of Washington Township, New Jersey; Bill and Laura Winter of Pompton Plains, New Jersey; and sisters Beth Henkel and Michelle Goldstein of Long Island, New York.
Growing Peace of Mind
Survivor David Layton of Summerfield, North Carolina has found that growing a summer garden is great for his recovery and his attitude. In this article he shares some valuable tips on gardening with a disability.
Reclaiming My Dignity
Survivor Don Weinstein of Hempstead, New York discusses an important topic for stroke families – how to maintain dignity in the face of a fast-paced world where people, including family members, are not always sensitive to the slower pace at which many survivors function.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep AND Reduce Your Risk
Dr. Henry Klar Yaggi at the Veterans Administration Connecticut Sleep Laboratory in West Haven, Connecticut helps us understand the dangers of sleep apnea. It is a major risk factor for stroke. “What we found is that those who have obstructive sleep apnea have a two-fold increased risk of stroke, TIA or death from all causes,” said Dr. Yaggi, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. We also explain the ‘reverse Robin Hood syndrome’ where the healthy brain ‘steals’ blood from the injured part.
Going Down Hill and Loving It
Survivor Toni Johnson of Elk Rapids, Michigan had a stroke while skiing in 2002 at age 75. She made skiing again a goal of her recovery, and she has worked hard at it, even after breaking a leg in her first year back on the slopes. With the help of an adaptive sports group, Toni is not only skiing again but riding a recumbent tricycle. She may be an 80-year-old stroke survivor, but she is determined not to act her age!
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 education, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.
Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.
Life at the Curb: Everybody Must Get Stones This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares his experience of kidney stones: “Stroke should be an ‘Illness - Get Out of Jail’ card and I already did my time. Still, this stone wasn’t buying any of it. I needed immediate relief."
Everyday Survival features an article on writing with voice recognition software by survivor Sidney Goldstein of Warwick, Rhode Island. Sid loves to write but could no longer type because of left-side paralysis. There is also an informative sidebar on different one-handed typing solutions.