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Contents WINTER 2017
Stroke Notes 2
Readers Room 6
Life is Why 26
Everyday Survival 30
Life at the Curb 36
Simple Cooking 38
CHILDREN AFTER STROKE
Juggling children and recovery gets
complicated. We talked with parent
Jamie Hancock about how she is
meeting that challenge.
STROKE, I HATE YOU!
Survivor Ralph Stalnecker of
Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, had a
stroke at age 43. Coming to grips with
its consequences has not been easy.
WHEN STROKE AFFECTS
THE BRAIN STEM
The brain stem is the bridge between
brain and spinal cord, so even small
strokes can have major consequences.
We talked with two experts and two
survivors — one experiencing locked-in
syndrome — about brain stem strokes.
THE POETRY OF
Poetry uses words to process
emotions, and stroke brings up plenty
of emotions. We share the stories
and poetry of five survivors … and
guidance from a poetry therapist about
how to liberate your own muse.