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Organization Highlights
Dealing with Disabilities
Challenges of PBA
Tai Chi and Gigong
The Juggling Caregiver
Dancing with Stroke
Growing with Acceptance
Members Meeting Members
Stroke News
Member Stories Invitation
Member Celebrations
StrokeNet Newsletter Staff  
Lin Wisman, Editor
Jeanette Davidson
Walt Kilcullen   

Jim Sinclair
Deb Theriault
Teri Truax
Claudia Warner
David Wasielewski

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Vol 14, No 7    

July 2014


Welcome to the July issue of StrokeNet, the newsletter of The Stroke Network.


Welcome to our new contributor, Jeanette Davidson. Jeanette, who stroked in 2012, will write a column entitled, "Growing with Acceptance." She begins by sharing her inspiration for walking.


The first of Walt's two articles discussing "Dealing With the Five Disabilities Resulting From a Stroke" appears in this issue. David writes about PBA, Pseudo Bulbar Affect Disorder and Stroke Survivors, which effects Stroke Survivor emotions.


Deb, a former instructor of Tai Chi, discusses what it is and how it is helpful. In "The Juggling Caregiver" Claudia shares what she has learned about summer clothes and shoes. Jim, in "Dancing with Stroke," shares how he shifted from "Wow is Me" to "WOW." Adrienne reports on articles of interest to the stroke family.


Bookends to this newsletter are Organization News and Member Celebrations. Be sure to read both!


Enjoy the July newsletter!  


Lin Wisman

Director Information Resources

Editor, StrokeNet


Organization Highlights
By Maria Erichsen    

Operations Manager


It's summer.


Be careful out there.


Areas covered this month include


Be an Encourager!

New Message Board Feature

Message Board Upgrade Coming


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Dealing with Five Disabilities After Stroke

Part 1.

I. Movement dysfunction and paralysis

II. Sensory dysfunction

By Walt Kilcullen



This month the first of two articles appears discussing the five major disabilities resulting from stroke. Walt explains each of them and how they are treated.



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Challenges of PBA

Pseudo Bulbar Affect Disorder and Stroke Survivors

By David Wasielewski


One common experience of Stroke Survivors is uncontrollable emotional outbursts. Sometimes the outburst outweighs the degree that might be anticipated, for example, uncontrollable crying at a minor event. Sometimes the outburst is the opposite of what might be expected, for example, laughing instead of crying.


David discusses this phenomena including giving examples from his personal experience. Understanding can help survivors, their friends and their family.


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The Many Benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Gigong

Discussed by a Former Instructor

By Deb Theriault


Before her stroke Deb was a Tai Chi instructor. She explains both Tai Chi and Gigong in this article. Read her explanation and advice. Is this something for you?


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The Juggling Caregiver

It's Hot - Be Cool!

Find Comfortable Clothes and Shoes

By Claudia Warner


Finding appropriate clothes and shoes for stroke survivors in the summer can be difficult. Claudia shares her learnings.



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Dancing with Stroke

From WOE to WOW

By Jim Sinclair


Jim explains that he had a roommate in the hospital that helped him see that he could move from "Woe is me" to "WOW."




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Growing with Acceptance

My Inspiration

By Jeanette Davidson

Jeanette was "prescribed" exercise by her doctor. She began walking. She explains in the article finding her inspiration.


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Members Meeting Members

Jeanette and Jim


 Recently two of StrokeNet's contributors, Jim Sinclair and Jeanette Davidson, met! Click to see a larger and clearer version!


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Stroke News
By Adrienne Cechura


With mobile devices becoming more and more prevalent in homes, and new games and applications for these "smart" devices coming out daily, it is no wonder that some of these applications could help stroke survivors. 


One of these applications is a game called "Fruit Ninja." We have posted an article on our news feed that discusses how this amusing game can be used to help stroke survivors in their recovery.

Another article posted this month discusses how clogged leg arteries can be eased by using a home-based walking program.


It has already been shown that symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PAD) can be lessened by participating in supervised exercise; however this would require patients to make regular trips to an exercise center or cardiac rehabilitation center. The article discusses the benefits and specific results of the study regarding walking as part of a home-based program.


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Member Stories Invitation
We'd like to tell your stroke story. Please consider being featured in a StrokeNet "Member Story" article. Click the icon to learn more about what it takes to get your story published in StrokeNet. 
Member Celebrations
Lightning Bolt Birthdays and Stroke

Compiled By Teri Truax
Celebrations Monitor

The Stroke Network congratulates all members who celebrate a birthday or stroke anniversary this month. Click below to see the birthdays and anniversaries we have on file for this month.

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Each month members' birthdays and Stroke Anniversaries, which they have placed in their message board profile, are listed in the newsletter.

Be sure your birthday and stroke anniversary are in your profile. From the home page of the Message Board, click the arrow next to your user id. From the drop down menu select My Settings.


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  The Stroke Network, Inc.
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