Author Archives for Mike Sasso

Tsgoyna Tanzman

Caregiving for the Long Haul: Think Small

May 24, 2024 2:39 pm Published by Comments Off on Caregiving for the Long Haul: Think Small

Tsgoyna’s presentation, titled “Caregiving for the Long Haul: Think Small” focused on caregivers making small shifts in developing routines, improving organization, and defining the best version of self-care. 1. ROUTINES “Routines create stability and predictability,” Tsgoyna said. “The human body craves routine. We don’t want every day to be exactly the same because too much certainty leads to boredom, but caregivers who... Read More


Tips for Being a Stroke Survivor’s Advocate

April 26, 2024 10:50 am Published by Comments Off on Tips for Being a Stroke Survivor’s Advocate

During my time as a critical care nurse, I have noticed things that stroke patients and their families can do to ease the stress of the hospital stay. The following is a non-exhaustive list of ways that patients and their families can advocate for the stroke survivor to ensure that the best care possible is received. Educate Learn as much... Read More


AND THE BEAT GOES ON!

April 10, 2024 11:32 am Published by Comments Off on AND THE BEAT GOES ON!

Born in Paris, France, Nicolas De Gaulejac, just 18 years old and already an accomplished musician, embarked on European tours with his brother, also a musician. He earned his Master of Music degree from Agostini Private Drum School, France, and also studied at The Toulouse Conservatory in France. To further pursue his career, Nicolas moved to California and attended Musicians... Read More


Karen Rapinski running after her stroke

Running Lessons

March 11, 2024 4:36 pm Published by Comments Off on Running Lessons

Re-learning to Run After a Stroke At the tail end of 2020, I had an ischemic stroke that made it impossible to move my right leg and arm, blocked half my vision, and robbed me of the ability to speak. When I finally woke up, weeks later, all I could think was, “I should have run more when I had... Read More


First Stroke Survivors Beach Walk

March 5, 2024 4:50 pm Published by Comments Off on First Stroke Survivors Beach Walk

Stroke Support Association caregiver member Dorothea shared photos from the first 3rd Saturday of the Month Stroke Survivors Beach Walk.  The inaugural walk was kicked off February 17, 2024,  after a last-minute cancellation in January due to a torrential downpour. For safety, the monthly walks will be cancelled if it rains. Everybody is invited to participate. Twenty stroke survivors and... Read More


My 10 Mental Health Hacks: the tools and techniques that helped me recover from PSA and PSD

January 22, 2024 12:07 pm Published by Comments Off on My 10 Mental Health Hacks: the tools and techniques that helped me recover from PSA and PSD

Post-stroke anxiety (PSA) and post-stroke depression (PSD) can strike anytime after a stroke. Mine showed up about eight weeks into my recovery as I was trying to go back to work. The stress of the daily grind was a contributing factor, but the stroke is what caused my mental health problems. I was unprepared for the havoc they’d wreak on... Read More


Caregiver Stress Management

January 17, 2024 2:03 pm Published by Comments Off on Caregiver Stress Management

Caregiving is a labor of love. Many nurses describe the path to their career as a “calling.” They have a deep desire to take care of those around them, to leave folks better off than they found them. Caregiving has a similar path, although often people who find themselves in a caregiver role may describe it as more of a... Read More


The Importance of Medication Adherence and Stroke Prevention

November 29, 2023 4:26 pm Published by Comments Off on The Importance of Medication Adherence and Stroke Prevention

Strokes bring on many lifestyle changes. Most survivors are sent home from the hospital with a multitude of new medications to prevent subsequent strokes. These medications (such as blood thinners) are important. For example, Cleveland Clinic notes that survivors face the highest risk of another stroke within the first two days, but they remain vulnerable even up to one year after the first... Read More


The Unexpected Mental Health Fallout After a Stroke

November 3, 2023 10:07 am Published by Comments Off on The Unexpected Mental Health Fallout After a Stroke

An online presentation by Angie Read, stroke survivor and author.   WHEN: Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 10:00-10:55 AM Pacific Time (geared to stroke survivors) and at 11:00-11:55 AM (geared to caregivers) You survived a stroke, but now you’re dealing with the painful uncertainty, anxiety, and depression left in its wake. You’re ready to take control and take back your... Read More


Meet Ali Parker

October 11, 2023 1:11 pm Published by Comments Off on Meet Ali Parker

Ali Parker has suffered three strokes in her life: the first when she was 18 months old, the second at 21 years old, and the third at age 37. She is, today, only 46. All of her strokes were caused by arteriovenous malformations (AVMs), which are tangles of blood vessels that cause irregular connections between arteries and veins. When she was... Read More