SCM January/February 2012

Updated:Mar 4,2015

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Growing Up A Survivor
David Dow and Kasey Koller were 10 years old when they survived strokes. It was a parent’s worst nightmare. We chronicled their stories at the time. In this issue we catch up with them (and their parents) as they enter adulthood.

Other articles include:

Know Your Family History
After surviving a stroke on her first date with her future husband, Shermane Winters was shocked to discover that stroke and high blood pressure riddle her family’s heritage.

A Social Disability
Pseudobulbar affect can devastate the lives of survivors. Also known as reflex crying or emotional lability, the condition makes social interaction unpredictable and difficult. A new drug holds out hope. We talked with two
survivors and a stroke psychologist.

Surviving with a Positive Attitude
Charlene Nassannay has not spoken in 15 years, but that has not kept her from communicating. She and husband
David have carved out a meaningful and satisfying life despite aphasia and hemiparesis.


Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. In this issue, John faces a scary diagnosis - his way.

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.

Everyday Survival Sometimes caregivers need care too. Guidance for having a plan in place when you have to temporarily arrange care for your loved one.


Have you seen Stroke Connection’s humor column, Life At The Curb? Brain Freeze, John Kawie’s award-winning one-man show is now available on DVD. Now you can have John in your home and help support Stroke Connection! Order yours today at (opens in new window).

For every Brain Freeze video sold from 8/1/10 through 7/13/15, and after the recovery of startup costs, Parma Recordings will donate 17% of the retail sales price to the American Stroke Association. Brain Freeze contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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In our current issue: NBA star Paul George was six when his mother had a stroke; Raising a voice for young survivors; You See Me, a new documentary of one family's stroke experience; Strokes of unknown cause (cryptogenic stroke); Managing caregiver guilt and much more!


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