SCM January/February 2009

Updated:Mar 9,2015

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jan Feb 2009
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Beaming Bright after Stroke
Jill Bolte Taylor was a Harvard brain anatomist, and her first reaction when she realized she was having a stroke was “Wow, this is so cool!” She was keenly aware of what was happening as the stroke progressed across the left hemisphere of her brain. It took out her speech and her ability to recognize numbers. She almost waited too long. Hers was a bleeding stroke that required surgery. Because it only affected her left brain, Jill gained remarkable insight into how the two hemispheres of our brains work together. She’s also author of the NY Times bestseller, My Stroke of Insight.

Perseverance + Patience = Peace
Survivor Kathy Spencer of Carroll, Ohio has a can-do attitude, but a stroke at 53 sorely tested her. She was so used to living her life unencumbered, that she forgot to cut herself slack in recovering from right side hemiparesis. Once she got the message that patience was a key element of recovery, she made tremendous progress. She shares how she persevered with the smallest ability until over time she has regained the use of her right side. She is even playing piano again.

Why Rush?
When talking about stroke, time is of the essence. Here are the reasons why, plus a primer on transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Diabetes & Stroke
Understanding how to manage these co-occurring conditions.


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: Happy Trails to You
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares a hiking adventure at upstate New York resort.