I am doing research for my radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11AM and thought I should share it with you. According to the CDC and prestigious hospitals 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke each year. On average one person dies from a stroke every 4 minutes in the United States. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and THE leading cause of adult disability. According to researchers 25% to 40% develop some form of aphasia. A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel ruptures, causing brain tissue.
Time is of the essence, there is only a 3 hour time span to receive medication such as a TPA, to someone suffering from a stroke. Every second you wait for treatment the more brain cells die inflicting more disability. Remember the signs are sudden and debilitating. Sign of a stroke are:
> One side of the face drooping or feeling numb
> Weakness or numbness in one arm or leg
> Slurred speech or difficult to understand
> Sudden confusion
> Sudden loss of balance or coordination
> Sudden severe headache
When you see notice any of these symptoms — write the time of the onset the these symptoms and all 911 immediately, even if they go away after a few minutes, and tell the dispatcher the person is having a stroke. If the symptoms dissipate within a few minutes the person needs to be checked for a TIA or mini-stroke or warning of a stroke within several months. Preventative medicines after the TIA can be ordered to reduce the chance of a major stroke,
Stay healthy, Stay safe and Take care.
Aphasia Awareness is my passion. “Sharing experiences Knowledge is Power” my radio show on TOGINET [Thursdays @ 11am EST] allows me to connect with millions of people and I am grateful for the opportunity. Aphasia is a very difficult and frustrating condition. Last week I spoke about the symptoms of a stroke, the differences between the right and left side of the brain and diminished abilities after a stroke. Also I spoke about Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences.
Exciting News I am in talks to develop a device to help speaking easier.
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Life has been interesting. I was entering my doctor’s office for a follow-up appointment in February, as I entered the building I had a CVA (stroke) along with fracturing my left shoulder, two fractures in my upper and lower arm and a broken wrist, The left side of my face was a mess. After 25 days in The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation Center and at home rehabilitation I am doing well. The Hebrew Senior Life Rehabilitation is wonderful. Good news is that I am returning to doing presentation.
I am so excited and happy – As of Thursday, September 25, I will be hosting a radio show on Toginet, Thursdays at 11am EST. “Sharing Experiences – Knowledge is Power.” The show will discuss; stroke prevention, strokes, aphasia, special education, family reactions, what to expect and coping skills. Also caregiving and the nocuous effects of stress. Please call in with any questions or comments you any have 1-877-864-4869 I would love to hear from you – our discussion could help others.
My speaking engagements include: Lowell General Hospital Stroke Support Group Dinner, Lowell, MA on Thursday Oct.2 at 6pm. Other speaking engagements are in the works – just working out the dates and time.
“Finding My Voice With Aphasia” is doing well and the reviews have been pretty good. Thank you.
Have a great day, stay healthy and stay safe!
A close friend’s brother had a stroke several weeks ago (he is unable to speak and is beyond frustrated), she noticed that I move my hand when I speak and I explained the purpose. Today she wrote me the following: “I tried to get the idea across about speaking a syllable with every stroke of the pen on paper, but we just ended up giggling, but when I flipped the page, he didn’t want me to help him and he wrote his 1st word, clear as can be:
l o v e
We hugged and he went on to write 3 more words that didn’t spell anything, then before I left after my niece and sister returned, they said I think he wants to write again, so I flipped the page and he wrote once again:
l o v e
I was on cloud 9 all the way home ! I believed in him and the power of prayer, and felt that with hard work and
determination he would be able to speak again. This word on paper, spoke loudly to me, that love will get him through.
I thanked God that I met you and heard your story, then bought your book. It has been the most helpful tool for us and worth all of your work in the writing it. I will try to get some time again with him later this week and will put that pen back in his hand. Thanks again for your insight into the effects on the mind and body of a stroke patient.”
The purpose of the book was to hear the success of stroke survivors. My story made the three years of writing my book very moving and special for me.