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As the year ends I would be remiss if  I didn’t thank you all for visiting my blog over the past year.  I wish you success and the best of health this new year.

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What You Need to Know about Stroke Recovery (you can learn from a 15 year old SURVIVOR)

How Do You Turn a Bad Situation into an Inspirational Message?


“Stroke Recovery is  not easy, but as Jamie Coyle and her friend Tedy Bruschi will say, you have to start by adopting an attitude to “Never Give Up”!  – DP Dansereau,

As a physical therapist one of my most important tasks is to motivate my patient, learn what their true goals are for recovery, and find out what may have motivated them to action in the past (prior to their stroke).

Speaking from personal experience during my own stroke recovery, the key to achieving the best possible outcome is to not  give in and listen to that part of the brain that says, “enough is enough” and instead push through barriers and adopt an attitude to “Never Giving Up”.  Jamie Coyle knew from the first day I met her in her hospital bed that she wanted to return to skating, and her goal was even more specific, she wanted to play hockey again.   As a hockey player myself, it was not hard to connect with her and respond to her question to me at that first meeting,  “Will I skate again”?   I mentioned to her she’d need to keep the faith, maintain focus and most important, do the work.   She has truly owned that message and invested everything into her recovery, and I am so proud to see her back on the ice with her peers doing something she loves.  Way to go Jamie!

Watch the video feature below by Varsity Life’s Melanie Pellowski on Cox  Sports and Channel 10 .  Melanie has been following Jamie’s recovery and in turn has has done a great job helping to spread the word about stroke awareness.

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Stroke Advocacy Webinar Reminder

Stroke Advocacy Network

Quick Reminder from the National Stroke Association:


Advocacy 101 and Introducing the Stroke Advocacy Network

Thursday, December 9, 2010 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST


Tedy Bruschi to be honored tonight on Monday Night Football

According to The New England Patriots will honor former linebacker Tedy Bruschi in a special halftime ceremony during  tonight’s game against the New York Jets.

Beyond his impressive numbers on the field and becoming an all time New England fan favorite, his peers and other stroke survivors look at Tedy with inspiration for his accomplishments off the field and for his dedication to the New England area. After Bruschi suffered a stroke in February 2005, he dedicated himself to raising funds and awareness to fight stroke along with the American Stroke Association. Bruschi established “Tedy’s Team,” a vehicle to help battle stroke, the number one cause of disability in the United States. Members of Tedy’s Team have run in the Boston Marathon and the Falmouth Road Race and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for stroke research.  Bruschi returned to the lineup for the final nine game of the 2005 season following his stroke.

In a recent interview with the Boston Herald, Tedy spoke of his special connection with the fans after coming back from a stroke in 2005.  During the conference call, he talked about what their support meant to him.  Here’s part of that interview:

”I needed that (fan support).  I needed it because there were times during my comeback . . . where I thought I wasn’t doing the right thing,” he said. ”This wasn’t a knee injury or a shoulder injury I was coming back from. Of course everyone is supportive and everyone wants you back there. But fans helped me with stories of how they overcame adversity. I got support from stroke survivors also and how they were able to comeback.

”Their comebacks were very different from mine,” he went on, ”but learning that from them really helped me a lot. The doubts that I had at times, I really needed the support from fans to know they were behind me.”

Fans sent him emails. Letters got to his house with just his name and city on the envelope. No street address.

”That’s the way a lot of (fans) got their letters to me, and I needed that,” he said.

see the full Boston Herald Interview

[Personal Sidebar] One recent comment on my blog shows just how Tedy’s work off the field with Tedy’s Team helps:

I am 58, almost 59 (in Jan) and had my life saved by the ads that Tedy did regarding stroke defense. I had just had an arterial bypass operation in my right leg and was talking to a nurse practitioner regarding pain management. I realized that my left arm had gone numb and I did not seem to be able to speak properly. This was mentioned to the nurse practitioner and she agreed that I was having a stroke. Turned out that I had 4 tia’s and am now on warfarin as a blood thinner and will have the hole in my heart repaired after I recover from the arterial bypass. If not for Tedy’s ads and websites such as yours, I would not have known what was going on and might have not come out of it with minimal damage. Thank you for the work that you folks do. Paul

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Take Life’s Simple 7 to Assess your Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Risk

The American Heart Association (AHA) has created a simple way for you to know where you stand on the road to good health through seven steps all of us need to live healthy.

I’ve tested this easy web assessment tool  recently and am sharing my report below because I believe it is one of several great web tools to help you assess your cardiovascular and brain health that you probably didn’t know existed.   I’ve been researching many of these new tools to possibly integrate in with my grant proposal for the American Stroke Association (ASA) kids stroke education project, entitled Bright Minds.  I thought you’d like a quick overview of this free health assessment tool here.  I’d suggest you should try to perhaps incorporate your assessment results in with your health resolutions for the New Year to identify health behaviors you can improve upon.

I’ll bring you several tools, including a great one to improve kids awareness about healthy food choices in my next post, but here’s one I think the adults will find helpful.  It is called My Life Check (AKA- Life’s Simple Seven) and this “virtual” check-up will take only a few minutes of your time.

The American Heart Association’s My Life Check empowers Americans to take a big step toward a better life.   In just a few minutes, you can get your personal heart score and a custom plan with the seven simple steps you need to start living your best life.   You can click on the link above or visit to start your new life resolution.

Life’s Simple 7 Summary:

To find out where you stand with the simple seven, just take the My Life Check assessment. In a few minutes, you will know how you’re doing with each one of life’s simple seven; you will also get your own personal heart score and life plan. Your results will include seven recommended areas of focus and an action plan that is customized to your lifestyle and health outlook.  Your last step is a promise: a resolution to make healthy positive changes step-by-step, for a long, healthy future.

Here’s a sample report from the Life’s Simple 7 Assessment:


Know Stroke Heart Score from Life's Simple 7 Assessment
a screenshot of my heart score summary

Go Get Your Own Cardiovascular Health and Stroke Risk Assessment Now!

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Stroke Education Website gets New Look

The National Stroke Association recently announced it now has a redesigned  website at

If you get a moment check out their brand-new stroke education site and watch the video recorded by their CEO, Jim Baranski announcing the website unveiling.

I find the new website much more accessible, and there are some new ways you can get involved online.  For example, I’ve already registered for their new Stroke Advocacy Network and when you go to the new site you can also sign up for a upcoming free webinar to launch the new network.

Overall, I believe the new site will make it easier for people to get involved in this important stroke education and awareness cause through the addition of the new social media components and better search capabilities.  By the way, now you can even easily search for my mobility articles from past issues of their publication, Stroke Smart Magazine here.

P.S. -Be sure to register  for their upcoming Virtual Health Fair where you can learn virtually anything about stroke. It’s open to anyone interested in prevention and recovery. Read more and register now – space is limited!

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