SCM July/August 2004

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Jul Aug 2004Tough Work If You Can Get It - Going back to work is the gold standard by which many survivors measure their recovery, and yet it can be an elusive goal.  For many, the return to work involves a roller coaster of emotions, dashed expectations and new hope with new training and new direction. Survivor Steve Park of Dallas shares the ups and downs of his journey to re-employment.

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Other articles in this issue include:

Reading Rehab- Margaret Greenwald, Ph.D., a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, discusses acquired dyslexia and outlines simple at-home techniques that can help survivors learn to read again and gain the many benefits reading offers.

Why Not Comply? Part II - In the second part of our series on medical compliance, we investigate external barriers — costs, too many doctors, too many medications and mobility issues— that challenge patients' ability to follow doctors' orders.  Dr. Thomas Swift, president-elect of the American Academy of Neurology and professor emeritus at the Georgia Medical College in Augusta, offers ways to overcome some of these barriers.  Dr. James Rybacki, author of the Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs 2004, suggests ways to simplify medication problems.

Knight Jousts With Stroke - Stroke survivor Sir Barry Simons of Tolland, Conn., has survived more close calls than any three people combined, including Nazi bombings and POW camps, lion attacks and being thrown by a giant chimpanzee.  But he says stroke is the toughest opponent.

Timeline of Recovery: A Mother’s Journal
- When Lori Walla had a stroke at age 35, her mother, Jenny Edwards of Auberry, Calif., came out of retirement and worked full time fostering her daughter's recovery.  Jenny's journal of that experience provides wonderful insight into the triumphs and travails of the first year of that job.


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.  In this issue:

  • Early stimulation of a stroke patient's weakened arm has long-term impact
  • Update on ASA/Ad Council Stroke Radio Campaign
  • ASA thanks Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation
  • Special cruise for stroke families

Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue:

  • Books by Survivors, Caregivers and Health Care Professionals
  • Dystonia-It's in the Brain - We explain dystonia, an abnormal contracting of the muscles that can be caused by stroke, and give strategies to deal with this disorder.