Excerpts

What readers are saying about

     Stroke Survivor: A Story of Hope

“This real life story truly informs and gives hope. Honest experiences and examples are shared with practical and concise ideas noted at the end of each chapter. The lists of ‘What helped us cope and gave us hope’ are deserving of their own publication. This twenty-year journey of the trials and triumphs of a stroke survivor and his family will inspire and encourage all those involved in the care of people with any disability. I would recommend this book to anyone who provides care for a stroke survivor.”

—Margaret Lie, MD, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

“It is difficult to articulate what it is like to suddenly be thrust into the role of caregiver for a husband who has experienced brain injury. This book describes in detail some of those struggles and the adjustments that are needed when life with your loved one is turned upside down. In this story I found comfort in knowing I am not alone on this journey, as well as encouragement through reading the book’s practical tips for coping.”

—Sherrie Porterfield, wife of a brain injury survivor

From the book:

Table of Contents

Chapter 5
Words and ideas were the tools of Don’s profession. When he spoke, he communicated thoughtfully and clearly. But for almost two decades, Don has struggled with aphasia—his difficulty with language. Although he has improved considerably, he still mixes up words.

Don’s expressive aphasia impedes his ability to make his words and ideas understandable to others. It shows up if he says, “I’ll come at two o’clock,” but he is pointing to four o’clock on his calendar. He may say, “No,” when he means, “Yes.” It is hard for both of us to know if what he says is really what he means. More…

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