At this moment of realizing you are having a stroke, we all have this one thing in common


In this post: A spotlight on Hailey Bieber’s “mini”stroke (TIA or transient ischemic attack) and PFO Closure. What is this condition and what caused her stroke? In her video, “telling my story” Hailey shares: What were her stroke warning signs, acting FAST, her stroke score, testing and diagnosis (bubble echo study, and trans cranial doppler), …

A Call to Action for the American Stroke Association and International Stroke Conference: Don’t Charge Survivors for Educational Sessions from ISC!


I just finished registering for an upcoming recorded session from the International Stroke Conference on Post-Acute Rehabilitation After Stroke: Getting It Right The American Stroke Association for the second year now is offering this educational service for stroke survivors as part of Stroke Connection, marketed as an “Educational Program for Stroke Survivors, Caregivers and Other …

Road to Stroke Recovery


We discussed on this episode how the adjectives we use to describe how we are feeling after our stroke, both as survivors and caregivers change as we begin to be empowered and begin to heal and move forward in our own road to stroke recovery.Listen @ Know Stroke Podcast S3E3 My road back from a …

Know Stroke Podcast : That’s a Wrap for 2021!


Thank you! What a fun successful first year of the Know Stroke Podcast!  Thanks to Our Know Stroke Podcast 2021 Guests and Listeners! We’d like to thank all of our great guests that were gracious to trust and work with us to make this year possible. Thank you to: Caroline Goggin @7NewsBoston (also the welcome …

Interview with Katelyn Skeels Stroke Advanced Practice Nurse Tufts MC


In our last episode of Season 2 we welcomed Kate Skeels, Stroke Advance Practice Nurse at Tufts Medical Center to the show. Listen to this episode! We picked the great discussion right up where we left off with her Tufts colleague Dr. Lester Leung from our previous episode. We learned what brought Kate from her …

Grateful on #WorldStrokeDay


For all those that spread the word today about WorldStrokeDay through posts, actions and maybe just through smiles and reflection. I am grateful -Thank you! Sharing a good tip especially on this day #worldstrokeday to get in touch with your brain. Here’s what I’m reading…. Link to Whole Brain Living Book GRATEFUL! My stroke brain …

Interview with Dr. Carolyn Brown, Founder of StrokeOT


Dr Brown first assisted us with the Next Step Forward Program back in May 2020. Dr Brown is a clinically certified occupational therapist with over 25 years experience in neurological and orthopedic rehabilitation and is the founder of StrokeOT.org

A Gross Case of Lack of Surgical Oversight in PFO Closure


Why is it so difficult to prevent unnecessary medical procedures in the US Healthcare System? This was the subheading of a recent article in the Politics section of the Atlantic on August 13,2021 by Chris Outcalt that caught my eye after a Google alert for stroke and PFO flagged it for me. Image Source: The …

Nutrition, The Gut and Stroke


Link found between gut microbes and stroke New findings from Cleveland Clinic researchers show for the first time that the gut microbiome impacts stroke severity and functional impairment following stroke.  Date:June 16, 2021 Source:Cleveland Clinic Summary: New findings show that the gut microbiome impacts stroke severity and functional impairment following stroke. The results lay the …

What Moved You in May?


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 …