SCM November/December 2011

Updated:Nov 11,2016

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When Hercules Had a Stroke
For seven seasons Kevin Sorbo played the title role on the popular TV show Hercules. Before the fifth season, Kevin had three strokes at age 38. Although he was in incredible physical shape, his 18-hour work days had finally caught up with him. We talked to Kevin about his new book, True Strength, his recovery, working through his multiple deficits and what he learned about life as a result of his strokes.

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Caregiver Guilt and Frustration
It’s hard to imagine a more important role than caregiver. It is also a role that is fraught with guilt and frustration. On the one hand, caregivers feel deep satisfaction at fulfilling their wedding vows or family obligations. On the other, they may feel frustrated that their lives have been taken over by a disease that’s not their own. We talked to three caregivers as well as psychologist Dr. Sara Palmer, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, about the subject of caregiver frustration and guilt.

Improving Stroke Care
Two American Stroke Association programs – Primary Stroke Centers and Get With The Guidelines-Stroke – are changing the way stroke is treated in hospitals all over America. We talked to two physicians, GWTG-Stroke Chair Eric Smith and neurologist Michael Frankel, about how these programs are taking to heart the dictum “time lost is brain lost” and improving stroke care.

Improving Memory
We talked to rehab psychologist Janet Spradlin of Oklahoma City and three survivors she works with about how to deal with post-stroke memory challenges. Their solutions spanned the spectrum from no-tech to hi-tech.


Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Those Oldies but Goodies,” John goes antiquing with wife Marilyn.

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.

Everyday Survival outlines long-term care options for those stroke families who can no longer care for loved ones at home either because of the caregiver’s age and health or because of the level of care the survivor requires.