Stories

Long Road Back: Alvin Hayes Jr – Musician and SSA Board Member

7.12.21

Alvin Hayes, Jr. is a stroke survivor and a member of the Stroke Support Association Board. Here is his story of recovery. Article reprinted with permission of Alvin Hayes Jr. and Greg Mellen/Long Beach Post: ‘I Can Play’: Saxophonist Alvin Hayes overcomes a stroke to produce his latest album, ‘The LBC’ Greg Mellen As saxophonist Alvin Hayes Jr. and vocalist... Read More

Emotions and Stroke: Living with PBA

1.15.21

Stroke survivors can experience emotional and behavioral changes during recovery. It is because stroke impacts the brain, which controls emotions and behavior. So you or your loved one may begin experiencing confusion, irritability, sadness, carelessness, and forgetfulness. Some people also feel anger, anxiety, and depression. Others have a range of extreme and unprovoked mixed feelings resulting in bouts of excessive... Read More

What Do You Do to Take Care of Yourself?

11.18.20

At a recent caregiver support group held by Stroke Support Association via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the question: “What do you do to take care of yourself?” The answers proved particularly helpful to a newcomer to the group, who was experiencing the confusion and overwhelm of her new caregiving role. Helen, whose husband Ray had his stroke 17 years ago, said: “I cried a... Read More

Having a Stroke Brings Its Own Gifts

10.23.20

At a recent stroke survivor support group put on by Stroke Support Association (SSA) via Zoom, facilitator Dr. Jane Claus asked the questions: Are you a better person since your stroke? In what way has your stroke helped you grow? With the answers that came, a theme emerged: The life-altering upheaval of having had a stroke, the many difficult challenges... Read More

Stroke Survivors Give Tips on Navigating the Scary and Confusing Early Stages of Recovery

5.17.20

During the safer-at-home orders spurred by the Coronavirus pandemic, Stroke Support Association (SSA) has been holding weekly ZOOM meetings that include both stroke survivors and caregivers. For the first time, on May 12, 2020, we held two separate meetings—one for stroke survivors and one for caregivers, as is our practice when we are able to meet in person. The survivors’ group... Read More

Kate Adamson Presentation at SSA

11.8.18

“When we share our stories, we share ourselves, we share our encouragement, and we create miracles.” –Kate Adamson, speaker on October 23, 2018 at Stroke Support Association in Long Beach On Tuesday, October 23, 2018, Kate Adamson, MSW, a stroke survivor, author, speaker, and advocate for the disabled, gave a presentation titled “Beyond Your Support Group: Finding Help and Resources” to... Read More

Rodrigo’s Comeback Update

11.7.18

“I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on the basal ganglia January 19, 2018. My entire left side was paralyzed – I couldn’t move my arm or my leg. For two weeks I was in a wheelchair, then followed by three months walking with a cane. “I was fortunate to have received prompt emergency care (within 30 minutes) at Long Beach Memorial.... Read More

Keep FAST on Your Refrigerator

5.14.18

While working at the annual Orange County Stroke Awarness Picnic, a very excited woman approached Christine and Lois at the Stroke Support Association (SSA) table.  She immediately started thanking them for SSA’s participation at the picnic last year and to let us know how we helped her mom. The woman had visited the SSA booth last year and after a... Read More

Jim is Advocate of Technology for Stroke Survivors

12.1.17

Jim, a former chef, suffered a brain stem stroke that left him locked in.  Less than a year later, through hard work and the help of technology, Jim walked his daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Watch Jim tell his courageous story and goals.

Thank You for Years of Service to Founding Board Member Joyce Block-Miller

3.12.17

  As she is moving to Northern California to be closer to her sons, and after over forty years of service to the stroke survivor community, Joyce Block-Miller is retiring from the Board of Directors for the Stroke Support Association, an organization she helped to found. Joyce continued as a group facilitator through the early 2000’s. A culmination of experiences... Read More