SCM November/December 2008

Updated:Mar 6,2015

Stroke Connection Magazine - Nov Dec 2008
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When Loved Ones Lash Out
Surviving a stroke is typically a trying experience for both survivors and caregivers. Some strokes produce personality changes that may be harmful to relationships. This month’s feature story looks at two relationships that became abusive after stroke. We interviewed two caregivers – one a daughter, the other a fiancé – about the impact of emotional and verbal abuse. We also talked to Dr. Barry Jacobs, an expert in family therapy and neuropsychologist Dr. Mark Sandberg, a diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology and staff physician at the VA Medical Center in Northport, N.Y. These experts provide cogent counsel on dealing with this.

Supplemental Information: View a list of questions that may help you better assess and make decisions about your situation if your loved on is lashing out.  

Waiting to See How the Story Ends
 With remarkable vigor and determination, this 42-year-old public relations professional emerged from a days-long, drug-induced coma in July 2004 and went about creating a post-stroke life that is meaningful. Her most powerful therapeutic tool? Humor, which she shares in heaping doses in this story.


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: Those Were The Days
This month comedian and survivor John Kawie shares how things have changed since the early years of his stroke.

Everyday Survival features our biannual books about stroke as well as an article from the National Family Caregivers Association on how to ask for help from family and friends.