Juggling Multiple Serious Diagnoses

7.3.24

Just over four years ago, I had a crippling stroke and a heart attack that left me paralyzed on one side, with serious speech and vision deficits. Really, that was hard enough. But a year later, as I was still recovering, I was diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. That was shocking and unbelievably stressful. But it is not that rare.... Read More

MEET SSA MEMBER JOEL BLOCK

6.8.24

Life Before His Stroke Joel Block was born in 1948 in Chicago into a family of six — his parents, two older brothers and an identical twin brother. After growing up in nearby Skokie between 1953 and 1966 he moved to attend the University of Michigan. He served as the sports editor for the daily school newspaper. He also worked... Read More

Caregiving for the Long Haul: Think Small

5.24.24

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

4.26.24

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!

4.10.24

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

The Importance of Physical and Occupational Therapies After a Stroke

3.26.24

A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced, damaging brain cells. The effects of a stroke can be devastating, often resulting in physical disabilities and limitations. However, with the help of Physical and Occupational Therapies, stroke survivors can significantly improve their quality of life and regain their independence. DIFFERENCE... Read More

Running Lessons

3.11.24

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

3.5.24

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