SCM March/April 2003

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Mar Apr 2003Strength in Numbers— Our feature reveals how social support helps stroke families, how to find a group, how to start one, successful group activities and more.

Improving Awareness to Speed Recovery— Jan Davis, president of International Clinical Educators, Inc.,  gives helpful strategies to deal with a common problem after stroke — one-side neglect.

One Man’s Mission — Stroke survivor Tom Maynor of Meridian, Miss., started the first stroke support group in his area and has become a strong advocate for stroke families.

Communication Strategies for People With Aphasia — Mary Boyle, Ph.D., speech language pathologist and member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), gives strategies to help survivors with aphasia and their families.

Yielding to What Is — Susan Purifoy of Atlanta, Ga., went from being a busy mother and career woman to depending completely on her family and therapists after her stroke.  She shares how she learned to accept her new life with its new challenges.

A Stubborn Victory — Dennis Bickel of Northfield, N.J., taught his parents an important lesson after his stroke: worrying and dwelling on the past will not help you; instead, move forward with hope.

Cutting Prescription Drug Costs — The NeedyMeds program can help survivors cut their prescription medicine costs through patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.


  • 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.

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Stroke Connection: Survivor in the Senate

Stroke Connection Spring 2014 Cover
Your Spring issue of Stroke Connection features the story of Senator Mark Kirk’s stroke and the recovery journey that put him back on Capitol Hill. Also in this issue: Uncommon causes of stroke and survivors who’ve had them; A mother’s stroke sets the course for her 10-year-old’s life; and much more!  

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