May is Stroke Awareness Month

Here’s Why it Matters to Me

David Dansereau

I’m always renewed in May.  Not necessarily because the days are longer and the sun a bit brighter and warmer as we emerge back and get out again cautiously from our isolation, but that certainly helps too.  I’m renewed each May 1st as it happens to be Stroke Awareness Month, and because personally it represents closure and rebirth following my own stroke. 

This past May 1st, I celebrated 14 years since my stroke and the day I awoke at Mass General Hospital following surgery to correct a congenital heart defect (PFO) that caused my stroke.

Along with this challenge for my entire family it was also the healthcare delays and uncertain care pathway options that led me down the path of patient advocacy and engagement to improve health outcomes for others in their own medical journey.  In fact, this is how this know-stroke blog began and I’m still at it to this present day which shows there is still work to be done. I now continue this cause strengthened with new partners that have stepped up to continue to enable this mission.

Listen on your favorite Podcast Player! Search Know Stroke Podcast and Subscribe!

Along with my co-founding partner at EnableUs, Michael Garrow we continue our common mission driven goal of improving life after stroke for survivors and caregivers.  Earlier this month, we mentioned we’d be launching a new effort to expand the reach of our stroke advocacy audience through podcasting.  With the live launch of the Know Stroke podcast we’ve now also expanded upon the success and outreach of our Next Step Forward Program we launched in May 2000 during the height of the pandemic.  If you missed the first episode I suggest you give it a listen as Michael and I once again share our own ‘Why’ and journeys that led us to EnableUs. 

If you missed the launch I think you’ll agree we got off to a fast start in May recording and producing four podcast episodes and the month is not over yet!  Here’s what you may have missed and the links to each episode.

Know Stroke Podcast

The goal of our podcast is to get you caught up on the latest stroke science, worldwide community support collaborations and interview top researchers, rehabilitation technologies and health care experts in the field. 

Know Stroke Podcast Co-Hosts David Dansereau and Michael Garrow

Episode One: Michael and I recap the 2020 that was such a challenge for our community and touch on our personal stories related to stroke and explain our ‘why’ for launching this podcast as well as co-founding EnableUs.   Listen to this Episode

Episode Two: David and Mike were joined by their first guest, stroke survivor Caroline Goggin, former Ch12/Fox reporter in Providence and now reporter for 7News Boston. Caroline also is the voice and talent behind our show intro! Listen to this Episode

Episode 2 | Caroline Goggin Interview

Episode Three: In this episode we interview Lauren Souders, the current Clinical Manager for Neurolutions, Inc  a neuro-rehabilitation company developing break-through solutions that use the patient’s own brain activity to facilitate motor recovery.  Listen to the Episode

Episode 3: Lauren Souders|Neurolutions

Episode Four: In this episode we went on location to Franklin, MA to speak with Peter Kaplan, Head of Marketing at Theracycle | XThera Corporation.  Unlike traditional exercise equipment including stationary bikes that must be powered entirely by the user, a THERACYCLE works with your body to help users exercise for longer periods and maintain a speed shown to reduce neurological symptoms and improve outcomes. Listen to this Episode

Episode Four: On Location: Peter Kaplan | Theracycle

Please SHARE and Subscribe!

Please share our podcast, write a review and rate each episode! We have provided links to your favorite podcast players under each episode to help us spread the word.

Thank you!

Want to Be Our Guest?

We also invite all stroke thrivers to join us so together we can share success to help you manage your own condition and maximize your true potential and care. Want to join us as a stroke thriver guest and tell your stroke story on our website or this podcast?

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Licensed Physical Therapist, Nutritionist and Author in private consulting practice at SmartMovesPT. is my blog and members resource to raise stroke awareness and educate the public about reducing stroke risk as well as provide tips, tools and review new technologies for stroke recovery. Learn about my book, Body in Balance sold on Amazon at Listen to the Know Stroke Podcast here:

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