SCM September/October 2003

Updated:Dec 21,2012

Stroke Connection Magazine - Sept Oct 2003When the Pain Never Goes Away
— Mary Simpson of Grand Junction, Col., and several members of an online central pain support group, describe what their lives are like with central pain — a chronic condition caused by injury to the central nervous system.

Depression Trumps Recovery — Professional explanations of how depression acts like an anchor in stroke rehabilitation, weighing down a survivor's progress.

What’s New with Your Blood Pressure? — New hypertension guidelines from the NHLBI prompted us to revisit stroke's No. 1 modifiable risk factor. We outline the causes, ways to lower it and why doctors often prescribe more than one medication.

From the Porch to the Driveway — Stroke survivor Frank Mountford of Pittsburgh, Penn., learned how small, achievable goals can produce big, gratifying results. A sidebar outlines goal-setting techniques.

Aphasia vs. Apraxia — Janet Patterson, a speech-language pathologist and member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, compares differences, similarities between, and typical therapies for, aphasia and apraxia of speech.


  • Letters to the Editor features correspondence from readers.
  • 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.
  • Life is at the Curb — Standup comic John Kawie refused to give up his passion for comedy after his stroke. He created the one-man comedy show "Brain Freeze" about his experience with stroke and performs it at New York City's famous Fringe Festival.

Have you seen Stroke Connection’s humor column, Life At The Curb? Brain Freeze, John Kawie’s award-winning one-man show is now available on DVD. Now you can have John in your home and help support Stroke Connection! Order yours today at (opens in new window).

For every Brain Freeze video sold from 8/1/10 through 7/13/15, and after the recovery of startup costs, Parma Recordings will donate 17% of the retail sales price to the American Stroke Association. Brain Freeze contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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In our current issue: NBA star Paul George was six when his mother had a stroke; Raising a voice for young survivors; You See Me, a new documentary of one family's stroke experience; Strokes of unknown cause (cryptogenic stroke); Managing caregiver guilt and much more!


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