SCM January/February 2011

Updated:Nov 11,2016

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Walking Across America
For most people who have survived four strokes, climbing the 58 steps of the Lincoln Memorial would be plenty challenging. For stroke survivor Mycle Brandy of San Clemente, California, climbing those steps on October 10, 2010 was a goal he’d been walking toward, with a cane, since the previous Valentine’s Day. That’s when he dipped his toe in the Pacific Ocean and headed east for eight months, walking 2,700 miles across America to raise awareness of the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle. In addition he wanted to raise $10,000 for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

Other articles include:

What Health Reform Means to Stroke Survivors
AHA Government Relations Manager, Stephanie Mohl, explains the implications of the new healthcare reform for stroke survivors. She discusses the reforms that touch on pre-existing conditions, required coverage, treatment caps, preventive services as well as changes in Medicare and Medicaid.

Holes in the Heart
We investigate two kinds of heart defects – patent foramen ovale (PFO) and atrial septal defect (ASD). Both refer to a hole in the wall separating the right and left atria. ASD is a rare congenital heart defect. PFO is a failure of the foramen ovale to close after birth; the foramen ovale is the opening between the atria that prevents blood from going to a fetus’s lungs before birth. According to experts this closure does not happen in about a quarter of all people. In both ASD and PFO, the opening can occasionally allow a clot to bypass the lungs where it would be filtered out and cause a stroke.

A Precious Misfortune
Stroke survivor Sarah Mordis shares the lessons she learned after a stroke the week of her high school graduation: “I realized that my stroke’s effects wouldn’t go away after just a few months of rehabilitation. Full recovery would take time and constant dedication. This would become one of my greatest accomplishments and define who I would become more than anything else. My identity wasn’t what friends I had in high school, the homecoming queen title I won or which brand of clothes I bought. Life just wasn’t what I had thought. My stroke was teaching me that.”


Life at the Curb: Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month John shares his challenges with umbrellas.

Everyday Survival features a great tips for family caregivers on how to refresh and rejuvenate themselves.

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.