SCM Summer 2012

Updated:Sep 21,2012


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Stroke Camps: Recreation, Relaxation & Transformation
For most of us, “summer camp” brings up pleasant memories of hikes and campfires, sing-alongs and bunk beds. But as sweet as those memories are, most adults haven’t been back to camp in years. And the idea of stroke survivors negotiating rustic trails, canoes and bunk beds may be a little daunting due to disability, travel hassles and expense. But those negatives have been solved by two groups that have sponsored camps for stroke survivors for 10 years now.

Other articles include:

Changing  Destiny
We talked with recording star Michelle Williams about her family’s history with stroke. Her father has had two strokes and his mother died of a stroke. That’s why she is participating in Power To End Stroke, including being a judge in this year’s Most Powerful Voices online gospel music competition. Michelle’s message: “find out your family history and then do everything you can to reduce your risk.”

My Angel Zoey
Survivor Jon Leavitt of Sykesville, Md. shares a touching story of how he and his wife rescued Zoey, a young German shepherd, and how she, in turn, rescued Jon from post-stroke depression and fatigue.

Departments:

Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Jive Talkin’,” John recalls how hard it was to have a conversation with his wife after he was released from rehab.

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 features  a thorough discussion of foot drop and its two most common treatments -- Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) and Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). Our expert author is Dr. Jody Felds, assistant professor of physical therapy at Duke University School of Medicine.
 


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 brainfreezedvd.com (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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