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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.

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 :)

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For 26 years, I never cut my hair. I’d always been envied for it, how long it was, how fast it grew. I was never praised for how pretty I was in other aspects of my appearance and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told, “You’d be so pretty if…” followed by statements like ‘you lost weight’, ‘you were a little lighter, ‘you wore makeup more often’. I never cut my hair because it was the one part of me I was consistently told was beautiful, pretty, gorgeous, etc. And if I’m truly honest with myself, it’s one of the few things I thought was beautiful about myself. I decided to stop getting relaxers and other chemical treatments to change my hair at 25 and also moved toward more natural products but I couldn’t bring myself to cut it. I started to embrace my hair as it returned to its natural state, how curly it was and how fun it felt to shake it around. Then, 17 months ago, I had a stroke and many scary things accompanied that experience and though it may seem a superficial part, the loss of my hair was terrifying. In Little Women, when Jo cuts her hair, Amy exclaims “Oh Jo, your one beauty.” That’s how I felt. This part of me I held up, I believed was beautiful was gone and it would take so much time to get back. I’ve tried my best, despite the continuous struggle to love myself and the fear of things like selfies, to document my hair growth and I’m glad I did because you can see my joy returning in these photos as I learned to walk, take care of myself, and love the me that came out of that experience. My goal is to continue to let my hair grow and maybe one day it will be as long as it was before but I’m learning that as much as this piece of me is part of my identity, it’s not everything and the loss of what I felt was my “one beauty” taught me that there is so much more that contributes to how beautiful I am.  

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Robots!!!!!

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Our First Video Volunteer, Carl

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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 www.strokenation.org

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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! 

REMEMBER I AM NOT A PHYSIO, JUST A STROKE SURVIVOR SHARING MY EXPERIENCE & TECHNIQUES 

Today is the 8 month anniversary of my sister’s stroke and she is feeling really sad today. I feel bad. She says that she will always remember it as the day that ruined her life. I don’t see it that way at all, she has so much value either way! BUT, I don’t get to tell her how to feel about it…it’s her life and the stroke happened to her, so I must respect and validate her feelings. I just hope that she doesn’t feel this way about it forever. She doesn’t see all the progress that she has made, but Penelope, her 9 year old daughter, keeps saying “Look how far you’ve come, Mom! You’re so much better! I can’t believe it!”

I just don’t know what it’s like for her; I can’t. I can only try to empathize.

At the center of restorative exercise we don’t just show you how to train we teach you how to think!

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 http://www.worldstrokecampaign.org/2011/Pages/Home.aspx

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.