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Stroke It Couldn T Happen To Me

Author: Margaret Cromarty
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1138030864
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Margaret Cromarty was a nurse who suffered a catastrophic stroke aged just 43, which left her with Locked-In Syndrome. Still paralysed even now, with the aid of an on-screen keyboard she has written this unflinching account of her treatment. It describes the frustrations of being fully aware but ignored as a person by carers unable to communicate effectively, and the painfully slow steps towards rehabilitation.It contains vital lessons for health professionals caring for victims of stroke, and for families and friends of patients. 'I learned later that the doctors expected that I would die. They made a poor attempt at concealing this expectation. They discussed me over me. I was dismayed at the negative vibes they exuded each time they came to see me. I felt that they had written me off already. Of course they can have had little idea of how their behaviour affected me. I just lay there, seemingly unresponsive, just existing, unable to enlighten them as to what was going on inside my head.' - Margaret Cromarty.

Hope Heals

Author: Katherine Wolf
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310344557
Size: 76.32 MB
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When all seems lost, where can hope be found? Katherine and Jay married right after college and sought adventure far from home in Los Angeles, CA. As they pursued their dreams, they planted their lives in the city and in their church community. Their son, James, came along unexpectedly in the fall of 2007, and just 6 months later, everything changed in a moment for this young family. On April 21, 2008, as James slept in the other room, Katherine collapsed, suffering a massive brain stem stroke without warning. Miraculously, Jay came home in time and called for help. Katherine was immediately rushed into micro-brain surgery, though her chance of survival was slim. As the sun rose the next morning, the surgeon proclaimed that Katherine had survived the removal of part of her brain, though her future recovery was completely uncertain. Yet in that moment, there was a spark of hope. Through 40 days on life support in the ICU and nearly 2 years in full-time brain rehab, that spark of hope was fanned into flame. Defying every prognosis, with grit and grace, Katherine and Jay, side by side, struggled to regain a life for Katherine as she re-learned to talk and eat and walk. Returning home with a severely disabled body but a completely renewed purpose, they committed to celebrate this gift of a second chanceby embracing life fully, even though that life looked very different than they could have ever imagined. In the midst of continuing hardships and struggles, both in body and mind, Katherine and Jay found what we all long to find...hope, hope that heals the most broken place, our souls. An excruciating yet beautiful road to recovery has led the Wolf family to their new normal, in which almost every moment of life is marked with the scars of that fateful April day in 2008. Now, eight years later, Katherine and Jay are stewarding their story of suffering, restoration, and Christ-centered hope in this broken world through their ministry Hope Heals.

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

Author: Jean-Dominique Bauby
Publisher: Knopf Group E-Books
ISBN: 9780307454836
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In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the 43-year-old editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke that left him permanently paralyzed, a victim of “locked in syndrome.” Once known for his gregariousness and wit, Bauby now finds himself imprisoned in an inert body, able to communicate only by blinking his left eye. The miracle is that in doing so he was able to compose this stunningly eloquent memoir.In a voice that is by turns wistful and mischievous, angry and sardonic, Bauby gives us a celebration of the liberating power of consciousness: what it is like to spend a day with his children, to imagine lying in bed beside his wife, to conjure up the flavor of delectable meals even as he is fed through at tube. Most of all, this triumphant book lets us witness an indomitable spirit and share in the pure joy of its own survival. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reinventing Emma

Author: Emma Gee
Publisher: Emma Gee
ISBN: 1925144305
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At just 24, Emma Gee's future stretches before her invitingly. She was an occupational therapist, an avid runner and had just climbed Borneo's Mt Kinabalu with a group of friends. But months later she was suddenly a stroke victim, unable to move, speak or swallow and dependent on the medical system she had worked within. Emma's story begins with a mystery, first developing disturbing symptoms, then becomes a tragedy when, during a difficult brain operation, she suffers a debilitating stroke and is left in a coma. Nine days later she wakes and must slowly come to terms with the fact that her future has changed forever. Tenaciously, Emma works her way back to walking and talking again. As a former health professional she has a rare insight into life as a patient, and emerges with a very different perspective on person-centred care and what it takes to live with resilience. Emma's story shows how, with love, support and a positive mindset, a life can still be incredible, even though not to the plan previously envisaged, and entailing a daily battle with poor vision, balance and mobility. Emma is now a loving auntie to a brood of nieces and nephews and has an amazing support network. Working as an inspirational speaker she is determined to benefit others by drawing on her own experience and deeper insights. Writing a diary before, after and, as much as was possible, during the ordeal, Emma has woven her observations and memories into a book. She has a sharp eye for detail and a sense of humour that, understandably, becomes quite black at times. This is not only the story of a young stroke survivor, but also a valuable observational memoir for health professionals, written by one of their own who has travelled to 'the other side'.

Locked In

Author: Judy Mozersky
Publisher: Dundurn
ISBN: 0919614647
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Judy Mozersky was 19 when she suffered a totally incapacitating stroke. This is a story of incredible personal endurance and courage.

Only The Eyes Say Yes

Author: Philippe Vigand
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1611456770
Size: 71.12 MB
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On a July morning ten years ago, Philippe Vigand, a young, vigorous, handsome publishing executive, was walking to work when he heard "a gigantic explosion." Strangely, nobody else seemed to have heard it ... for the simple reason that it was in his head. For two months he lay in a coma. When he awoke, he was completely paralyzed, but his mind was intact. He was suffering from locked-in syndrome. After months of hospital care, Philippe was brought home where an infrared Camera enabled him to "speak" and "write" by blinking his eyes. Written in two parts, the first by Philippe using the magic camera, the second by his wife, Stephane, this moving work traces the evolution of the illness and their relationship and shows how love and devotion can overcome almost anything.

Painful Blessing

Author: Jill Krantz Viggiano
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781497477087
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On his 51st birthday, Gordon Viggiano suffered a massive stroke, dramatically changing his and his family's lives. While he is lost in the fog of his stroke, his wife, Jill, is faced with the terrible reality of caring for her disabled husband, raising their two children, and seemingly inevitable financial ruin. The strength of their faith, marriage and family are tested. In Painful Blessing, Jill tells the story of devastating loss, hope that comes from the faith that sustains her, finding joy in their new life, and the decision to embrace recovery as both a team sport and a lifetime endeavor. "was one of the most compelling patient perspective talks that I have ever heard. " Stan Barnwell, M.D, Ph.D. OHSU "Jill made their experience relevant to our audience by sharing how the disability insurance coverage that their family had purchased made it possible for them to meet their financial obligations." Janet Schober The Standard "I heard from a number of the members of the group after you all left (as many stayed another hour or so) and they loved it, especially the parallels of the presentation to business life and personal life." John Friess Starve Ups "Your story is a window into what others may be experiencing and how critical is the need for compassionate, competent healthcare." Mark Charpentier Kaiser Permanente "The Viggiano story - is truly amazing and inspiring." Chris McReynolds Wellsource ..".and the discipline and drive you have shown in the face of profound adversity showed us all that with great effort, great accomplishments are possible." Randy Weber Zapproved "You could have heard a pin drop in the room. Folks were so riveted by the experience." Sharon Soliday The Hello Foundation

Running Free

Author: Kate Allatt
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1682991040
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Can you imagine being trapped inside your own body? Able to see and hear everything going on around you but unable to move or speak - the blink of an eye your only way of communicating. Fell-runner and fun-loving mother-of-three Kate Allatt's life was torn apart when what appeared to be a stress-related headache exploded into a massive brainstem stroke leading to locked-in syndrome. Totally paralysed, she became a prisoner inside her own body. Doctors warned her family she would never walk, talk or swallow or lead a normal life again. But they didn't know Kate. The words no and never were not in her vocabulary. With the help of her best friends and family she drew on every ounce of her runner's stamina and determination to make a recovery that amazed medical experts. Using a letter chart, Kate blinked the words "I will walk again". Soon she was moving her thumb and communicating with the world via Facebook. Eight months after her stroke, Kate said goodbye to nurses, walked out of hospital and returned home to learn how to run again. This is the story of her incredible journey.

The Stroke Recovery Book

Author: Kip Burkman
Publisher: Addicus Books
ISBN: 1936374714
Size: 13.20 MB
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Penned by a rehabilitation physician who has worked with thousands of stroke patients and families, this reference provides simple answers to the many questions that surround strokes and stroke rehabilitation. Free of technical medical jargon, this resource addresses topics such as the anatomy of a stroke, impairments and complications associated with strokes, and preventing and reducing the risk of them. A gallery of photographs that show and explain the latest methodologies in rehabilitation equipment is also included.