SCM July/August 2003

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jul Aug 2003In the Key of Recovery
  — We reveal the amazing power of music in seven stroke survivors’ lives, including two legends in jazz music who have had strokes.

Defy Geography! — We explore several online stroke support groups, message boards and chat rooms for stroke survivors and caregivers.         

Clot? Not! — Anti-Clotting Agents Explained — This article explains why antiplatelet and anticoagulant medicines are at the heart of stroke prevention.

Tough to Swallow— Nancy Swigert, M.A., member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, defines swallowing problems after stroke. 

You are Great and Getting Better — Professional Counselor Suzanne Harrill of Houston, Texas, offers easy-to-implement strategies for raising self-esteem and discusses the importance of doing so after a stroke.

The Caregiver Retreat: A World Away — The Orange Caregiver Resource Center in California hosts an annual caregiver retreat that teaches caregivers how to cope with challenges and stress.

Recovery by Design — Graphic designer Deborah Wilcox of Greensboro, N.C., used creativity to recover from a stroke and return to advertising design.


  • Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers.
  • Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.
  • Stroke Notes features “newsy” stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.
  • Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.

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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