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June 1, 2008, Long Beach Press-Telegram (CA)
Offering help, hope after a stroke
Art Gottlieb, a former attorney and now a published writer, had a stroke more than 25 years ago and said he went through a difficult rehabilitation. As a facilitator at weekly meetings at the Stroke Center of Long Beach, he helps others cope with life after a stroke.One person tells of becoming lost during a walk near his home. “It’s really frightening,” he says. “You don’t know what to do. You just stand there.”

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“My husband’s speech therapist suggested we/I check in to the Long Beach Chapter of the Stroke Association but what with one thing and another, it took a while. Finally, we attended a meeting. What an experience – realizing toughness and independence have their place but there is nothing that compares with the loving, understanding, and non-judgmental support this group of caregivers – and stroke survivors – offers without hesitation and without any personal agenda. “Anonymous

“I would not have been able to make it emotionally if she had not told me about the SSA. I started attending the caretaker group one month after Michael’s stroke and it has been a lifesaver. We are “family” there and I feel blessed every day that I found such loving support,” Diane V.