Life After Stroke: Barbara Wilder


Barbara Wilder SSA

The National Stroke Association presented its Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence [RAISE] Awards on October 19, 2012, in Denver, Colorado. Barbara Wilder, a stroke survivor from the Stroke Support Association in Long Beach, was presented the Most Impactful award. This award honors an individual who demonstrates improved patient and stroke community outcomes.

Mrs. Wilder is a 14-year stroke survivor and ambassador of the Stroke Support Association, a nonprofit that holds weekly support groups for stroke survivors and their caregivers. For the past ten years, as a part of SSA’s Hospital Visitors Program, she has visited new stroke survivors and their families at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center. Through her visits she brings stroke patients and their families hope, encouragement, and her own story of survival.

Barbara also leads a bible study class, is active in her local garden club, rides her bike, and does water aerobics as part of her own rehab program.

By sharing of herself and her own recovery, Barbara has helped other stroke survivors to discover there is Life After Stroke.

–Mary Buck, Facilitator of Support Groups at Stroke Support Association

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