SCM March/April 2005

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Mar Apr 2005The View from in Here

Survivor Mary Morgan shares her journey in finding out who she is after a stroke changed her life at age 58. Mary's story is poignant and heartfelt, as she describes letting go of her "old self," her pre-stroke self, and adjusting to life as her "new self," her post-stroke self.

Obesity Is Full of Risks
Excess weight increases risk; new information on how you can combat the battle of the bulge.

20 Things My Stroke Taught Me
"If I'm alive enough to complain, I have nothing to complain about," says Survivor Susan Bernard. Susan lists the 20 most important things she learned after surviving a stroke. Both moving and practical, Susan's tips are great suggestions for other survivors as well.

Putting Words on Paper
Aphasia can inhibit written words as well as spoken ones, but there are things you can do to make it easier to communicate.

Finding a Formula for Happiness
Survivor Rick Davis' life came to an abrupt halt when he suffered a stroke in December 2000. He was CEO of the Salt Lake City, Utah, Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and had been working tirelessly to bring the 2002 Winter Olympics to Salt Lake City. After his stroke, he found out he would never swallow again, and decided to become the best tube feeder possible.

Pokeymon Cruises the Caribbean
After survivor David Layton takes a Caribbean cruise, he has one piece of advice: You should too!


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 education, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc. In this issue:

  • Mid-life 'Spread' Doubles Male Risk — Middle-aged men who are obese double their risk of a stroke, according to a study of more than 7,400 healthy men followed for 28 years.
  • Cancer Treatment & Stroke Risk — Treating breast cancer with the drug tamoxifen does not increase a woman's risk of stroke, researchers have found.
  • HBP: Not Good for Younger Brains — Young people with high blood pressure are just as susceptible to decreased mental function as are elderly people with high blood pressure.

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:

  • Adaptive Equipment — Ticket to the Outdoors — Having a stroke doesn't have to mean giving up outdoor life. Depending on your level of disability, activities such as beachcombing, gardening, skiing, hunting, fishing, golf, and just enjoying your favorite outdoor spots, are still within reach.