SCM May/June 2008

Updated:Mar 6,2015

Stroke Connection Magazine - May Jun 2008
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America’s Weatherman Survives the Storm of Stroke
Mark McEwen has had an illustrious career in the media. A successful disc jockey in some of America’s biggest media markets, he is perhaps best known for his 16 years as the weatherman on the CBS morning show. All of that ended when he had a stroke in 2005 on a flight from Baltimore to Orlando, when he was the noon news anchor for WKMG-TV. Though the stroke ended his broadcast career, it provided him with his “second act” as spokesman for our Power To End Stroke campaign. Our cover story recounts Mark’s experience with stroke.

New and Improved
Newspaper owner Orian Woods of Mitchellville, Iowa writes about her experience of recovery. Although her stroke at age 68 caused many frustrations and changes, including the sale of her newspaper, she has found that it provided gifts as well: “Then, somehow, gradually, a quiet breakthrough happened. I came to realize that I didn’t have to continue missing my ‘old self,’ tethered to the way things used to be. I didn’t have to carry my old self-image anymore. It was a relief to shed that heavy leftover load. Things would never be the same, but I was all right. Gradually I understood that I was in the process of creating a new life, a new, improved me, with strong, positive attitudes. What a wonderful gift I had received!”

Supported Conversation
Speech-Language Pathologist Michael Biel introduces Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™), a technique developed at the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, Canada. SCA was designed to give conversation partners the means to promote successful communication and allow them to engage in adult conversation with individuals who have aphasia. The SCA approach has two main goals: first, to acknowledge the competency of the individual with aphasia; and second, to help reveal that individual’s competency through a combination of simple techniques. This article outlines those techniques.


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: They’re Coming to Take Me Away!
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares some of what he recently found in some old notebooks he kept in the first months after his stroke in 1997. His observations about revolving doors, the streets of New York City and flossing are priceless. “I quickly realized this wasn’t just a notebook of glib observations. This was a major piece of my life where I learned that surrender isn’t giving up, it’s moving forward with who you are now.”

Everyday Survival features an article about survivors participating in research studies as a way of getting extra therapy. It also includes a sidebar by survivor Chuck Hofvander of Prospect Heights, Illinois detailing his experience as a “guinea pig” in a research study of the Lokomat at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.