Hockey Tribute to Jamie Coyle a Big Success


A tribute hockey tournament for Jamie Coyle took place at the Smithfield Ice Rink in RI over the weekend. Her coaches Henry Sherman, Charlie Stimson and Jim Hopgood talk of her recovery in this video. Click on the video to link to play the Providence Journal story by Glenn Osmundson.  On a personal note, it …

Fight For Seven


Here’s the latest update on young stroke survivor Jamie Coyle. According to the latest website post, Jamie had a good weekend and has made some great progress already. She is scheduled to begin rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehab in Boston this week. Follow this new link http://www.fightfor7.com/ to read about Jamie and see how you can …

Please help young stroke survivor Jamie Coyle


While I was reading through the Valley Breeze newspaper earlier today, the story of 13 year old Jamie Coyle jumped out at me. I learned from the article Jamie is one of the top young female hockey players in Rhode Island and just like Tedy Bruschi and myself, she apparently suffered a stroke from a …

Prov. Journal picked up my story


I learned from the American Stroke Association, Boston Affiliate that the The Providence Journal ran my story in yesterday’s Sunday paper.  I did not see the actual article, but here’s the link they sent me from the print. Below is the link – check it out> http://www.beloblog.com/ProJo_Blogs/running/2008/07/stroke-survivor.html Not Oprah yet, but perhaps this will help …

Perhaps we should be asking physicians to “GIVE ME FIVE” more minutes


In my last post I discussed how to recognize a stroke and the controversy surrounding which method or reminders are the best tools to use to educate the public on stroke awareness. https://knowstroke.wordpress.com/2008/05/06/give-me-five-for-stroke-or-act-fast/ I also set aside some time last month in my business ezine, Health-E-News to remind my subscribers about just how much more …

Do you know-stroke?


Know-Stroke May is Stroke Awareness month: Do you know-stroke? May 1,2008 Acknowledging the month of May as “Stroke Awareness Month” offers advocates for stroke awareness, stroke survivors and their families and caregivers an opportunity to educate the public about the devastating and debilitating effects of stroke. I offer this page on my sites today exactly …

YouTube Video showing PFO closure on ORLive


I’ve passed this link along to many people who have contacted me through my Know-Stroke blog. I think that if you have the time to view it (it’s over an hour long) it answers lots of questions and shows the same PFO closure procedure I had done at MGH (no, that’s not me on the …

PFO and CardioSeal info


Source: ClevelandClinic.org Patent Foramen Ovale Your septum The septum is the muscular wall separating the heart into the left and right sides. The atrial septum is the wall separating the atria (the two upper chambers). The ventricular septum is the wall separating the ventricles (the two lower chambers). Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) The foramen ovale …

A Hole in the Heart-Good PFO Tipsheet by stroke.org


Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO) and Stroke Source: stroke.org and AMA Medical Have you had a stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attack or mini-stroke) “out of the blue” with no obvious risk factors? Did doctors check to see if the stroke or TIA may have been caused by a “hole” in the heart called a patent …

A reply to Tedy Bruschi’s “Never Give Up” book


I sent this letter off back in August of 2007.  I’ve been inspired by the recent phone calls and posts that have come in with stories all too similar to mine. Because of these stories, I’m going to begin to fill in the gaps of my stroke story and timeine with the purpose of helping …