SCM Winter 2013

Updated:Mar 4,2015

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20 Years of Progress
In 2013, the American Stroke Association is celebrating 20 years of supporting, informing and connecting stroke families through  Stroke Connection magazine. We’ve taken the opportunity to look back over those years and reflect on some of the remarkable developments in stroke treatment and rehabilitation science. We spoke with experts in neurology and rehabilitation about what they considered to be the most important changes in the field.

Other articles include

Of Hemorrhage, Homage and Humor
Survivor Julia Fox Garrison of Foxboro, Mass. had a bleeding stroke in 1997. Julia treats that potentially tragic event with a great deal of irreverence. In fact, every year since, she has celebrated that day with what she calls “Homage to my Hemorrhage.”

Seeing Things Differently
Considering the optic nerve stretches the length of the brain and every lobe of the brain processes visual information, it is not surprising that there are many stroke-related vision deficits. When survivors have trouble seeing, that cascades into every area of life. We talked with neuro-optometrist Carl Garbus, president of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, about common vision deficits and how they are treated.


Life at the Curb
Comedian John Kawie’s unique perspective on survival. This month in “Starting Over,” John recounts his journey from executive at his own defense contracting company to standup comic to stroke survivor (and back to standup comic).

Stroke Notes features ‘newsy’ stroke-related information on stroke research, risk reduction, ASA events, advocacy efforts, etc.

Readers Room features personal stories, letters, poems and artwork from stroke survivors and family caregivers.

Everyday Survival outlines the many legal documents stroke families need to have in place to be ready for the many contingencies that can occur following a stroke.

Have you seen Stroke Connection’s humor column, Life At The Curb? Brain Freeze, John Kawie’s award-winning one-man show is now available on DVD. Now you can have John in your home and help support Stroke Connection! Order yours today at (opens in new window).

For every Brain Freeze video sold from 8/1/10 through 7/13/15, and after the recovery of startup costs, Parma Recordings will donate 17% of the retail sales price to the American Stroke Association. Brain Freeze contains adult language and situations that may not be suitable for all audiences.

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In our current issue: NBA star Paul George was six when his mother had a stroke; Raising a voice for young survivors; You See Me, a new documentary of one family's stroke experience; Strokes of unknown cause (cryptogenic stroke); Managing caregiver guilt and much more!


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