Saturday, April 26, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: Obesity

Obesity From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Silhouettes and waist circumferences
representing normal, overweight, and obese
Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy and/or increased health problems. People are considered obese when their body mass index (BMI), a measurement obtained by dividing a person's weight by the square of the person's height, exceeds 30 kg/m2.

Obesity increases the likelihood of various diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis. Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive food energy intake, lack of physical activity, and genetic susceptibility, although a few cases are caused primarily by genes, endocrine disorders, medications or psychiatric illness. Evidence to support the view that some obese people eat little yet gain weight due to a slow metabolism is limited. On average obese people have a greater energy expenditure than their thin counterparts due to the energy required to maintain an increased body mass.

Dieting and physical exercise are the mainstays of treatment for obesity. Diet quality can be improved by reducing the consumption of energy-dense foods such as those high in fat and sugars, and by increasing the intake of dietary fiber. Anti-obesity drugs may be taken to reduce appetite or decrease fat absorption when used together with a suitable diet. If diet, exercise and medication are not effective, a gastric balloon may assist with weight loss, or surgery may be performed to reduce stomach volume and/or bowel length, leading to feeling full earlier and a reduced ability to absorb nutrients from food.

Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide, with increasing rates in adults and children. Authorities view it as one of the most serious public health problems of the 21st century. Obesity is stigmatized in much of the modern world (particularly in the Western world), though it was widely seen as a symbol of wealth and fertility at other times in history, and still is in some parts of the world. In 2013, the American Medical Association classified obesity as a disease.


Video: Obesity

The Complete Skinny on Obesity

Published on Oct 23, 2013

SSTattler: View on YouTube takes is about 1 hour but you have to see it...


Millions have watched Dr. Robert Lustig's YouTube videos on the role sugar plays in obesity. In this compilation of the popular YouTube series "The Skinny on Obesity," Dr. Lustig and his UCSF colleagues dig deeper into the root causes of the obesity epidemic. Discover why what we eat is as important as how much we eat. Understand the effects of stress on obesity rates, and why some predict that the next generation will die younger than the current one due to obesity and the many health problems it causes. Series: "The Skinny on Obesity - UCTV Prime" [10/2013] [Health and Medicine] [Science] [Show ID: 25717]

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/04/20

"Mom told us to go bother someone else..."
Scott Adams - 2014/04/19

"That literally doesn't mean anything!!!!"

Charles Schulz - 2014/04/20

"Here's the World War I pilot standing in a line of..." 

Garry Trudeau - 2014/04/20

"Wonder if I've ever sunk this low before..."

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Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on the previous Sunday.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

Sunday Stroke Survival ~ My Big, Fat Body

Jo Murphey
The Murphey Saga
Sunday, April 20, 2014

I wish I was in this shape
instead of larger!
No it's not a personal image thing. It's the truth. When you have to say that round is a shape, you know you are obese. I have a gut that I can use as a table. No that's not boasting. I'm saying it with shame.

I recently went to the cardiologist. She looked at the stats and told me I'd gained weight. Five more pounds was added to my bulk and I now weigh more than before my stroke. I'm obese (bordering on morbidly obese) and I know it. Chock up another item that keeps me in the high risk range for candidacy for another stroke or heart attack. Genetically indisposed for high cholesterol no matter how much medicine I'm on. Married with a strong family history for weight relate medical problems.

Crazy Sexy Revolution

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
06 November 2012

If you’re unfamiliar with New York Times bestselling author Kris Carr (whose Crazy Sexy brand has invaded households everywhere), I’ve very recently become a little bit obsessed. Her story is awe-inspiring -- TEN YEARS AGO she was diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer, and since then she has turned her life around entirely, inspiring (what I imagine to be) millions of others to empower themselves to turn their lives around by living healthfully and mindfully.

She’s like besties with one of my absolute favorite female entrepreneurs/mentors, Marie Forleo, who just last week released a fun cooking segment on her weekly Marie TV series:

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I was instantly sold. I managed to snag three copies of Crazy Sexy Kitchen
 last week, and I’ve been carrying my first copy (the one from Barnes & Noble, my go-to brick-and-mortar bookstore) virtually everywhere, so I can read on the go. (If you’re wondering -- the other two copies are destined to become holiday gifts to fellow foodie friends.)

The Influence of Obesity on Structure, Biochemistry and Function of Brain Regions Involved in Cognition

Dean Reinke
Deans' Stroke Musing
Saturday, February 23, 2013

Are your cognition problems due to this latest obesity one rather than your stroke. Your doctor had better know the answer.

Short Abstract

Obesity is a major public health problem, affecting more than one-third of the U.S. population. Several studies suggest deficits in cognition in obese people and several neuroimaging studies indicate reduced volume of certain brain regions, including the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. These brain regions are important for cognition and anxiety regulation, and thus structural change in them may contribute to alterations in cognition and mood reported in overweight people. No studies have investigated the effects of weight gain on brain structure and function at a level of analysis that would permit identification of cellular mechanisms, which could lead to future treatment options. This dissertation uses a rat model of diet-induced obesity (DIO) to explore behavioral, structural and biochemical changes in three brain regions important in cognition: the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), perirhinal cortex (PRC), and hippocampus (HIP).

Obese rats performed poorly on cognitive tasks specific to the mPFC and PRC, but not the HIP, compared to normal weight controls. In order to begin to characterize the behavioral differences observed, the influence of obesity on brain volume, dendritic architecture and spine density, as well as on associated pre- and post-synaptic markers in the mPFC, PRC and HIP were determined. Deficits in mPFC and PRC-related tasks were accompanied by decreased dendritic spine density and decreased pre- and postsynaptic markers in the mPFC and PRC. Finally, to identify potential mechanisms that might be driving these results, hormones that have previously been linked to changes in brain structure, and/or metabolism and obesity, were surveyed. While there was no difference in testosterone, glucose or insulin levels between groups, leptin was increased in the DIO model, providing a potential mechanism leading to changes in neurological structure and function. Further, obese rats had decreased peripheral corticosterone levels, a condition previously linked to decreased dendritic architecture, suggesting another potential involved mechanism.  The DIO animal model of obesity has allowed us to look into the cellular changes that underlie alterations in brain structure and function, and provided us with foundational research needed to identify mechanisms for future intervention.

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"The Tales of a Stroke Patient"....YES!

Joyce Hoffman
The Tales of a Stroke Patient
Aug 4, 2013

The Tales of a Stroke Patient” is making its way into the limelight.

I am a stroke survivor, and I’ve written a book that tells of my expedition. If a stroke could happen to  me, with low cholesterol, low blood pressure, no diabetes or obesity, it could happen to ANYBODY!
If you’re a stroke survivor, caregiver, have stroke in your genes, an avid reader of memoirs, or just curious if a stroke could happen to you, please read my book that will educate and inspire to make stroke awareness so much bigger than it currently is.

Warning: Not intended for the faint of heart or politically correct crowd.

Click the link to buy it from the publisher Xlibris, or for Amazon’s Kindle, or for Barnes & Noble’s Nook.

Don’t have a credit card? Message me by email -- -- or Facebook to see how you can get a copy!

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Strokes and Young People

Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
Oct 18, 2012

I’m way young to have had this happen.  I’ve heard that A LOT.  That’s like an automatic response from people who first meet me.  I think they just don’t know what else to say so they say “oh my God you’re so young.”  Yeah, I am but I’m not the youngest person to ever have a stroke.  I met a guy who has had 3 strokes starting at the age of ten.  I know of a little girl who had a stroke in utero.  At least I finished my education and started a career before getting sick, these people didn’t really have a chance before their lives were turned upside down.  I think that part of the reason that it took so long to diagnose me was because no one thought it could be a stroke.  That’s no excuse, they should’ve given me an MRI long before they did but that’s part of the reason.  Strokes in young people happen and are on the rise.  This research says that there are more strokes in young people because of increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and high cholesterol.  I didn’t have any of these, sometimes s*** just happens.  :(  One doctor told my family “sometimes 30 year-olds just have strokes.”  Umm, ok.  I live in a city with the best doctors in the world – that’s not a good explanation.  I have a patent foramen ovale(hole in the heart) but the most current research says this doesn’t increase stroke risk when it was long thought that it did.  There is more research coming out soon on this subject, so we’ll see.

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Southern States Need Stroke Prevention Priority

Jeff Porter
Stroke of Faith
Thursday, June 07, 2012

Being born a Southerner (now living in the Midwest), it's disheartening to hear about how strokes are more common in Southern states. To quote the article:
States with the highest rates of stroke include South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and Nevada. 
Those with the lowest rates include New York, Michigan, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming and the New England states. 
Older people, American Indians/Alaska Natives, blacks and people with lower levels of education had more strokes than younger people, whites and those with higher levels of education, the researchers found. 
The disparities in stroke, a leading cause of long-term disability, are largely due to lifestyle factors including obesity, high blood pressure and smoking, Fang said. 
"Southern states have higher rates of obesity, smoking and hypertension, which are all risk factors for stroke," she said.
What is especially said is that many of the risk factors mentioned in the excerpt are preventable or at least (in the case of hypertension) addressable. Stroke prevention has a long way to go in Southern United States. It's past time to start!

Age-adjusted prevalence of stroke among
noninstitutionalized adults (18 or older), by state.
(Image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

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Separated at Birth? #strokemonth #stroke

Kate Allatt
A Rocky Stroke Recovery
May 19, 2013

Dame Professor Nancy Rothwell Vice President at Manchester University, always replies to emails immediately, like me!

She hates seeing her inbox full and she also likes to do things here and now, again I wonder who that reminds me of?

She’s a list person and juggles many roles.

As an academic she hates being told what to do too. Ooh remind you of anyone? (Although, I’d describe myself as bloody-minded!)

Above all she is a rule breaker and I like that!

On a more serious note, we have much in common on stroke.

Here is a quote from her on BBC radio 4 recently.

The Superman Of Stroke First Responders

Gary Gray
PEI Stroke Recovery
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The battle with stroke goes mobile with improved communication and CT Scanner Technology...

Article credit  WOUTER STOMP on Jun 6, 2012 Click here for original article.

Specialized Stroke Ambulance Features CereTom Portable CT Scanner to Reduce Time to Treatment

NeuroLogica and MEYTEC from Germany have developed a specialized stroke ambulance, called VIMED STEMO, that carries a portable CT scanner and a point-of-care laboratory for nearly-instant diagnosis and initiation of treatment in stroke patients. It employs MEYTEC’s telemedicine solutions and NeuroLogica’s portable CT scanner, CereTom.
The VIMED STEMO integrates a fully-functioning pre-clinical stroke care suite, comparable to those found in specialized stroke hospitals. The onboard CereTom is a 8-slice CT scanner that allows for multimodal imaging with CT angiography and CT perfusion in combination with a rapid scan time. Imaging and other data can be transmitted over encrypted 3G, 4G and satellite connections to emergency rooms or trauma centers.

I'm a Musician, Artist & Mother, and I Survived a Stroke

Peter G. Levine
Stronger After Stroke
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
by Elizabeth Carrigan, as told to Adrienne Walkowiak 

As a stroke survivor, I wanted to reach out to the readers of the Stronger after Stroke blog to tell my story.  This article wouldn't have been possible without my friend, Adrienne, to help me write it.

I'm a musician, artist and mother, and five years ago, I had everything going for me.  I was happily working on my new music CD and blissful after welcoming my baby daughter, Saoirse, in January 2010.  I saw, though, that life can change in an instant.  Six days after delivering my baby, I experienced major post-childbirth complications, including a brain hemorrhage that led to a massive stroke.

I've spent the past four years fighting through this debilitating health crisis, motivated in my recovery by my family, friends, and the dream of completing my CD.  While I'm definitely feeling better, I'm still not back to where I was before the stroke.  For instance, I'm still relearning the breath control that's instrumental in my singing.  Luckily, while I'm working to get stronger, my new producers are able to use my previously recorded vocal tracks on the album.

I've recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover the costs of producing and promoting my new album, and I'm depending on this peer-supported initiative to move my new album forward.  Kickstarter “backers” will have the opportunity to be part of the album's success.

End of a Dream

The Pink House On The Corner
Thursday, April 17, 2014

So the good news here is that Bob got accepted back into Physical Therapy in Outpatient Rehab at the charity hospital -- and, with just one phone call, the financial aid office is happily picking up the $45.00 per visit co-pay.  Amazing, how easy that was -- this time, now that I know which hoops to jump!

Anyway, Bob had his first PT appointment today, for an evaluation, and it was one of the same PT's that he had a year ago.  Which was nice. To see a familiar face.

As always, with the first PT appointment, we had to "set goals" and this time, the PT pretty much stated matter-of-factly that Bob will never walk again. That really, walking as a goal was beyond any expectation...

Now I know this is true. I think I've known this for a long time. But I always liked to have a dream, you know, a little hope for a miracle, that maybe, just maybe, we could get him back on his feet again...

But, this time PT goals will be trying to get his neck more flexible and stop the twisting of his spine which is happening because of the post-stroke dystonia. And strengthen his torso muscles. So that he may be able to make transfers from wheelchair to bed more easily, and make things like washing his hair and dressing easier (and I will admit all of this has gotten harder this past year and I will admit, his spine is twisting...) and, as the PT said, the goal is just try to improve Bob's "quality of life"....

And I know this is the reality of the situation. I do understand. But, man, it's really hard to give up that dream of walking, you know, of being, sort of, close to normal... and to just think about "goals" being only "quality of life" issues, which by-the-by sounds like something you think about before you put a dog down --- jeepers, and right now, I hate to say,  I have tears in my eyes...

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Safety Precautions Rocket Me to Independence

Rebecca Dutton
Home After a Stroke
April 16, 2014

Precautions that facilities use to keep people safe propelled me to independence.  In the rehab hospital I made the mistake of wheeling myself out to the patio when I was done with therapy for the day. The aide who was sent to find me said I could not sit outside alone.  When I pointed to people who were sitting alone she whirled my wheelchair around and took me back to my room.  The last time I was dragged inside I was probably three years old.  A psychologist brokered a compromise.  I could sit outside if I came back upstairs and wrote down where I was going on a clipboard. The psychologist said the staff were afraid I would wander off if they let me go outside. Did the aides tell anyone I had been reliably transporting myself to and from therapy for days?

Safety precautions are good.  The problem is staff who rigidly apply precautions to everyone. Did anyone read my chart to learn I had a stroke in the brainstem instead of the brain?  I was treated like my roommate who was so confused she tried to use the TV remote as a telephone.  The staff attached a sensor to me at night to keep me from getting out of bed.  Every time I rolled onto my side I triggered a very loud alarm and had to wait for an aide to come shut it off.  When I finally complained a nurse said they would stop using the sensor if I signed a release form saying they were not liable if I fell out of bed.  How long they would have used it if I had not objected?

When I toured an assisted living facility I was upset again by procedures designed to keep people safe.   While the director gave me a tour she said 3 or 4 times that "elderly people prefer to have a nurse give them their medication."   If the assisted living staff decided it would be safer if the nurse dispensed my pills, my day would revolve around visits to the nurse because I take pills four times a day.  I saw the nurse handing out pills in a snack area where people who did not want to go to breakfast where waiting.   I am not really living in an apartment if the nurse can open my door with a master key to give me my pills when I decide to sleep in.

Being treated like a senile 95 year old turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  I am not sad that I use a cane and leg brace and print checks with my non-dominant sound hand.  I am grateful that compensatory strategies make me independent enough to live in my own home.

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British Humor at its Absolute Best

Jackie Poff
Stroke Survivors Tattler
As Air Force One arrives at Heathrow Airport , President Obama strides out to a warm and dignified reception from the Queen. They are driven in a 1934 Bentley to the edge of central London , where they change to a magnificent 17th century carriage hitched to six white horses. They continue on towards Buckingham Palace , waving to the thousands of cheering Britons; all is going well.

Suddenly, the right rear horse lets out the most horrendous earth shattering fart ever heard in the British Empire. The smell is so atrocious that both passengers in the carriage, must use handkerchiefs over their noses. The fart shakes the coach, but, the two dignitaries of State do their best to ignore the incident.

The Queen politely turns to President Obama and says: "Mr President, please accept my deepest regrets... I am sure you understand there are some things that even a Queen cannot control."

Obama, always trying to be Presidential, responded: "Your Majesty, do not give the matter another thought... Until you mentioned it, I thought it was one of the horses."

Molly Stevens: A New Way to Grow Bone

Published on Feb 18, 2014

What does it take to regrow bone in mass quantities? Typical bone regeneration — wherein bone is taken from a patient's hip and grafted onto damaged bone elsewhere in the body — is limited and can cause great pain just a few years after operation. In an informative talk, Molly Stevens introduces a new stem cell application that harnesses bone's innate ability to regenerate and produces vast quantities of bone tissue painlessly.

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Ana Vidovic at TEDxMidAtlantic

Published on Apr 18, 2014

SSTattler: Set to 18:00 Minutes; she plays "Asturias" is also the name of the fifth movement of the Suite Española, Op. 47 by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz.

Ana Vidović is one of the youngest virtuoso guitarists in the world. Ana started playing guitar at the age of 5, and by 7 had given her first public performance. At the age of 11 she was performing internationally, and at 13 became the youngest student to attend the prestigious National Musical Academy in Zagreb, Croatia. Ana has won an impressive number of prizes and international competitions all over the world.

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RMR: Rick and Paralympic Snowboarding

Published on Mar 12, 2014

Rick hits Big White Mountain to train with Canada's national Para-Snowboard Team.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday News

Contents of This Week:

Def'n: First Year - Rick Mercer Report

SSTattler: We will only show the definition of "Rick Mercer" and "Rick Mercer Report". There are several Wikipedia's about "Talking to Americans", "This Hour Has 22 Minutes", "CodCo",... and many characters (live, dead, or only in your imagination) and many scenarios, province, state, ...

As well see Jackie Poff  in the next segment "Video: First Year - Rick Mercer Report".

Rick Mercer
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rick Mercer, March 2010
Richard Vincent ("Rick") Mercer (born October 17, 1969) is a Canadian comedian, television personality, political satirist and author. He is best known for his work on the CBC Television comedy shows This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report. He is the author of three books, based on content from the television shows.

Mercer has received more than 25 Gemini Awards for his work on television.


Early Work

Mercer first came to national attention in 1990, when he created and presented his one man stage show Show Me the Button, I'll Push It, or Charles Lynch Must Die at the National Arts Centre's Atelier in Ottawa. A pointed, satirical political commentary on Canadian life after Meech Lake, Show Me the Button made Mercer a national star as he toured the show across Canada. In 1992, he created and performed his second stage show, I've Killed Before, I'll Kill Again at the National Arts Centre's Studio Theatre, which also became a popular touring show.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes

Video: SSTattler First Year of Rick Mercer Report

Rick Hansen
Rick Hansen Foundation
    • He ride the world with a wheelchair and he works at University of Vancouver.

Jackie Poff
Stroke Survivors Tattler

John C. Anderson
Stroke Survivors Tattler
  • BronzeRMR: Ukrainian New Year:
    • Many, many Ukrainians in Edmonton / friends / relatives... and dancing is brilliant!

We only show the other 10 elements (order of atomic number) picked by Jackie & John. To see more than 52 articles look at ▶ Rick Mercer Report:

RMR: Rick Hansen Bungee Jump

Uploaded on Sep 29, 2009

Rick goes bungee jumping with Rick Hansen.

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Saturday Comics

For Better and For Worse
Lynn Johnston - 2014/04/13

"Hmmm... Should I wear this old undershirt...??"
Scott Adams - 2014/04/13

"No ones 'Likes' my Facebook posts!"

Charles Schulz - 2014/04/13

"I'm trying to pitch, can't you see that ?!!" 

Garry Trudeau - 2014/04/13

"You saved my bacon, what, two, three times?"

** I tried to get low or free price at the people for the images for the cartoons. It was too high for Stroke Survivors Tattler i.e. we are not a regular newspaper and our budget is very low. Fortunately, you will have to do only 1-click more to see the cartoon image, it is legit and it is free using and
Note: Now SSTattler are running cartoons starting on the previous Sunday.

Eclectic Stuff

Definition: Eclectic(noun) a person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.

My Life as a Novel

The Pink House On The Corner
Sunday, June 24, 2012

Lately, I cannot help but feel as if I've become a character in a novel.  Having written novels myself, I know the basics of plot construction and, darn it all, if it doesn't seem as our life has turned into the typical plot found in the typical novel.

For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, pretty much every movie you watch, or novel you read, follows this basic plot outline:
A. Start with a change and introduce the hero/heroine. Start with the minute, the day, the month that everything changes for our plucky, though slightly flawed, hero/heroine and propels him/her on a journey. 
B. Give our hero/heroine a goal to accomplish. 
C. Throw obstacles in the pathway. 
D. Let our plucky, though slightly flawed, hero/heroine triumph over obstacles, then, after a brief respite, throw new obstacles in his/her path. 
E. Keep our hero/heroine struggling, make it look as if he/she will reach their goal, let him/her triumph again and then, finally, throw one last seemingly insurmountable obstacle at them which brings our hero/heroine to their knees---and us to the climax where the audience will grip their seats... 
F. Then let the hero/heroine triumph. Or not. It's the author's call here. But be sure our hero/heroine is somehow changed from the experience.
So that's it, the basic bones of a plot. And once you know that, it's kind of irksome because you begin to see it in every form of entertainment out there--be it a love story or a murder mystery.

A Personal Why

Pamela Hsieh
Rehab Revolution
23 May 2010

So if anyone thinks I'm an enormous weirdo for putting such an emphasis on recovery seven years out, I suppose this'll explain it all. I was inspired by my Yogi tea advice yesterday: "Live for each other." And I realized I'd completely forgotten to address this topic earlier.

It's tremendously important to define your personal why. What's a personal why? It is the summary of why you'd take out the time in your busy day to do rote repetitions of mind-numbing exercises -- why you're forcing yourself to tie up your good hand, why you may go to psychotherapy, why you invest in $5000 orthotics (mmyeah, they exist -- more on the Walk Aide in the future), why you even try methods that at face value seemed hokey (massage? Accupuncture? Meditation?). It's the sum of all the parts to your therapy.

Your personal why gives your mission a purpose and quiets naysayers (although, really, who's out of his mind enough to discourage you from pursuing a better you?). It motivates you to continue even when it seems hopeless and it also helps encourage those around you who support you. The stronger your reasons, and the more people who know about them, the greater your drive becomes.


Amy Shissler
My Cerebellar Stroke Recovery
Jan 5, 2013

I think I’m pretty funny.  That’s a good thing because there is research that says that laughter is healing.  My favorite kind of comedy is racial humor.   I love it when people make fun of themselves/ their race/ religion.   I guess that’s why I love Lisa Lampanelli so much.  Animals can also really make me laugh.  Here’s some stuff to make you laugh………

20 Funniest YouTube Videos According to Reddit.

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Rocky Mountain Stroke Survivor
March 26, 2013

I’ve never been to a comedy club and I hate meetings so the majority of my experience listening to jokes, story telling, or public speaking of any sort is from sermons.  Most of the jokes I know are from sermons.  Have you heard the one about the three guys and the refrigerator?   How about the guy who drowned while waiting for God to save him?  Those are my two favourite jokes of all times and I learned them in church.

This post from another stroke blog got me thinking about patience.

I remember one particularly memorable sermon about patience.  The pastor told about driving to a meeting and running late and wondering why everyone drove so slowly, feeling angry, looking at people as he passed them (why do we do that? he asked).  On the way home from the meeting, he was in no hurry and was looking around noticing how beautiful the drive was as people roared past.

The point I brought home from the sermon and I remember again and again is this: When you ask God for patience, He doesn’t just bestow patience on you; He gives you an opportunity to be patient.

Recovering from a stroke is a huge opportunity to be patient (and be a patient for that matter)…I don’t remember asking for a lesson in patience, but maybe it was what God thought I needed.

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Hairdressers Back Washes Cause Some STROKES! 4 X TIPS!

Kate Allatt
A Rocky Stroke Recovery
April 12, 2014

I am increasingly worried about the relatively innocuous hairdresser back-wash. I think they must contribute to a significant number of strokes around the world.

Then I read about this in the stroke e-bulletin recently.

I then read there is there is a vertebral artery stenting trial VIST going on now.

They say,
‘Narrowing (stenosis) of the vertebral arteries in the neck, which supply blood to the back of the brain, is an important cause of stroke.’
Here is a diagram of a stenosis.

They team behind VIST also say,
“This causes posterior circulation stroke which accounts for 20% of ischaemic strokes.’

The moral of this blog:
  1. Have a dry cut.
  2. Stand up at sink
  3. Use a forward facing sink
  4. Become a hippy

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