stroke recovery


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Stroke Damage in Mice Overcome by Training that ‘Rewires’ Brain Centers

Johns Hopkins researchers have found that mice can recover from physically debilitating strokes that damage the primary motor cortex, the region of the brain that controls most movement in the body, if the rodents are quickly subjected to physical conditioning that rapidly “rewires” a different part of the brain to take over lost function.

Their research, featuring precise, intense and early treatment, and tantalizing clues to the role of a specific brain area in stroke recovery, is described online in the journal Stroke.

“Despite all of our approved therapies, stroke patients still have a high likelihood of ending up with deficits,” says study leader Steven R. Zeiler, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. “This research allows us the opportunity to test meaningful training and pharmacological ways to encourage recovery of function, and should impact the care of patients.”

With improved acute care for stroke, more patients are surviving. Still, as many as 60 percent are left with diminished use of an arm or leg, and one-third need placement in a long-term care facility. The economic cost of disability translates to more than $30 billion in annual care.


Free for download Disability Etiquette

A great resource for businesses, schools, organizations, staff training and disability awareness programs. You don’t have to feel awkward when interacting with, or when you meet, a person who has a disability. This booklet provides tips for you to follow that will help create positive interactions and raise everyone’s comfort levels.

For those of you that dont already know, this is my sister.

She had a stroke in March 2011 and now cant speak.

But that doesnt put her down, she smiles for a reason. love and family kept her happy <3

and we have ALOT of love for her :)

im so thankful i have her. yea i cant hear her voice ever again, but i have her love with me :)

i miss her voice. shes my only sister. she is my best friend.

and the guy next to her, is her husband “/

p.s. a year ago she was pushing almost 400 pounds…. she is 200 now :)

and still dropping pounds <3 :)




Our First Video Volunteer, Carl


Someone on different strokes recommended people start filming the techniques the use for daily tasks, so heres my technique for getting in and out of the bath, hope it helps someone develop their own technique. PLEASE DO NOT PUT YOUR SAFETY OR HEALTH AT RISK BY TRYING TO COPY THIS, I believe you will know your abilities and it took me months of practising before I could do this with water, so practice first fully clothed, with any supports/shoes you need on and someone close by to help if you need it and when you feel confident, lose the shoes/support, then eventually when you master that try it without anyone in the room, and you will know when you are ready to take a bath. good luck! 



Stroke Nation’s ARM Project is an effort to show what can be achieved after stroke if a motivated person engages in intensive training. Find out more at

World Stroke Day

World stroke day takes place on October 29th. Its aim is to help highlight the impact of stroke. This website might be of interest to a few of you

It even shocked me that 1 in 6 people worldwide will have a stroke in their life time and that every 6 seconds someone (regardless of AGE or gender) will die of a stroke. It breaks my heart and reminds me still that I am one of the lucky ones. 

One of our first dates in Summer 2008.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I started this blog to keep everyone aware of how Christian is progressing after his stroke, which happened in the early morning of February 1, 2011.  This was of course totally unexpected, as the most serious of his problems to date were allergies and ocassional sinus infections.  Nothing that was a precursor to stroke.  I made it a point to watch his health, because I love him so much.  His heart was fit, he had no high blood pressure, arterial sclerosis, diabetes, pre-diabetes symptoms, high cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides in his blood. He had been fighting a touch of bronchitis for a little over a week and spent the weekend in bed before he unexpectedly had to have some dental work done on January 31, 2011. In the early morning of February 1, a little after 1:20 a.m., he groaned in his sleep.  I shook him a little, letting him know that it was only a nightmare.  He quieted down a little, then he fell out of bed.  I got up of course to see if he was ok.  He was silent.  I told him to wake up! Snap out of it.  He was face down.  I went to pick him up, but thought better of it, in case he broke his arm.  I told him to try to get up.  He manged to get to sitting position, but he was dazed. He wouldn’t speak. I called 911 and he was at the nearest hospital ER in 20 minutes.  I realized he had had a stroke, but I wasn’t in a panic yet.  I figured it must be a small one and in any case, it would do neither of us any good to panic. The ER doctor coulsn’t give him the life-saving stroke medicine, because it was uncertain when he had actually had the stroke. Since we had gone to bed at 10:30 p.m., that was the last time they considered him conscious.