SCM November/December 2006

Updated:Jan 4,2013

Stroke Connection Magazine - Nov Dec 2006Feature Story

Negotiating Hope and Acceptance
This month’s feature examines the psychology of hope and acceptance and the impact it has on family relationships. Our expert is Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, the author of The Emotional Survival Guide for Caregivers. Dr. Jacobs is a well-known expert who is the director of behavioral sciences for the Crozer-Keystone Family Medicine Residency Program in Springfield, Pa. We are also using Charlene and David Nassaney of Santa Clarita, Calif., as a human-interest sidebar.

Other articles include:

Thoughts and Feelings after Stroke
Caregiver Marvel Peters of Des Moines, Iowa, discusses her feelings of being separated from her husband Lyle. She had to move Lyle into an assisted-living facility several years after his stroke because she could no longer manage his care herself. Her poem and essay express the heartfelt emotions of many caregivers.

Diabetes, Pre-diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Stroke
Diabetes is an epidemic in America with severe cardiovascular consequences. This article is an in-depth investigation of what constitutes diabetes and why it is so problematic in the realm of cardiovascular health. It also contains good information on pre-diabetes and metabolic syndrome, two health conditions that all stroke families need to be aware of.

A Young Mother’s Stroke
Survivor Kelly Mauk of Chanute, Kan., was 35 years old when she had her stroke. This article is about her struggle to get her life back so she could mother her two children, one of whom was only one week old at the time of Kelly’s stroke. This is a touching story of love and determination.

Life Is Tough, People Are Tougher
Dr. Peter Ubel, professor of medicine and psychology at the University of Michigan, is the author of You’re Stronger than You Think, an investigation into emotional resilience. His thesis, as the book title suggests, is that human beings have actually evolved biological and psychological mechanisms to survive difficult situations, including life-changing diseases such as stroke.

What I Can Do
Survivor Bill Janson of Willingboro, N.J., had a stroke when he was 41 as the result of an arteriovenous malformation that burst. Today, 20 years later, he is active in no less than seven brain-injury and stroke support groups. In this article, he shares his story and why support groups are his link to healing from this devastating event.


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.               

  • A new study shows that even a mild form of a heart impairment called left ventricular dysfunction increases stroke risk.
  • Relaxing the unaffected side of the brain with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation has a beneficial effect on the stroke-impaired side of the brain.
  • For the first time, researchers have enticed transplants of embryonic stem cell-derived motor neurons in the spinal cord to connect with muscles and partially restore function in paralyzed animals.
  • A new study indicates that those with lowest incomes and education levels have twice the risk of stroke as those at the highest end.
  • Update on the progress of the STOP Stroke Act through Congress.
  • Announcing National Family Caregivers Alliance's annual National Family Caregivers Month Campaign.

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

Life at the Curb: Up, Up and Away
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie gives us a survivor’s view of negotiating the airport, including vignettes of riding an escalator and early check-in.

Everyday Survival features helpful tips for activities of daily living and resources.