Julie Harris has won five Tony Awards for Best Actress, more than any other actor or actress. She’s also won a lifetime achievement Tony and three Emmys. But after a stroke at age 75, it looked like she would have to put all of that behind her. Although her only deficit was aphasia, when you make your living speaking, aphasia is more than an inconvenience, it’s a career ender. At age 80 she attended the University of Michigan Aphasia Program, and her speech is making a comeback.
For those interested in using singing as a form of speech therapy as mentioned in Letters to the Editor, read the article "From Singing to Speaking" from our September/October 2005. issue.
At 6’5”, Gene Sulkowski of Maryland is definitely the man of his house, but after a stroke nearly cost him his life, his 5’2” wife Margie had to take care of him. She had to fight the insurance company to keep him in the hospital because his medical situation was so dire. In addition to a bleeding stroke, Gene had blood poisoning and diabetes. Instead of putting him in a nursing home, Margie brought him home where she has instituted a regimen of tough love.
What’s in Your Head
We offer a layman’s guide to the components of the human brain and how they function. Easy-to-understand and well-illustrated. A useful primer for stroke families.
Mentoring Stroke Survivors
Walter Kilcullen of Hackettstown, New Jersey, uses his training as a school counselor to help survivors develop independence. He has worked with stroke survivors for more than five years through the Brain Injury Association of New Jersey. He approaches the role of being a mentor with his "partners" by becoming first and foremost a friend, and second, by helping them make decisions that could make their lives better. His goal sheet is helpful for any survivor working to regain independence.
Not for the Faint-hearted
After Bill Shaw of Venus, Texas, had a stroke at age 55, he did something unexpected: he took up farming and ranching. He also wrote and published a book, and opened an art gallery in Alvarado, Texas, where he sells his own paintings and photography as well as the works of others. In the process of getting a disability tax exemption for his farm, he educated his county government on the Americans With Disabilities Act.
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: Doctor Feelgood
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares his personal experience with D-Day, which stands for “doctor day.” It’s the story of his annual medical checkup as only John can tell it.
Everday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources. In this issue we investigate developments in online health records.
EDS Resources features organizations helpful to stroke families. This month we spotlight the Job Accommodation Network, a service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy of the U.S. Department of Labor. JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities.