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On the Bookshelf

Posted by Lynn Bronikowski Jul 20 2017

It's All About the Work by stroke survivor G. Ross Kelly gives a description of the ups and downs of recovering from a stroke. He reflects on both the agonizing and lonely nights, and the inspiring moments of his journey. He recounts his carefree life before the fateful morning when he experienced a stroke, and tells how his life was changed in dramatic fashion. He answers such questions as What are your chances of surviving stroke? What exactly happens to your body when you have a stroke? What happens to your mind? How do caregivers cope with your sudden change in circumstances? How do family and friends react? How do you regain the life you once enjoyed?



Healing the Broken Brain: Leading Experts Answer 100 Questions about Stroke Recovery by Dr. Mike Dow and David Dow consists of the top 100 questions that stroke survivors and their families ask, with answers from the top physicians and therapists in the country. The questions start out basic but then get more specific to address different areas of recovery. And, for stroke survivors still struggling with reading comprehension, or for family members who are simply too tired to read long passages, there are Takeaway Points at the end of each chapter to help simplify everything.




Echoes Of A Closed Door: A Life Lived Following A Stroke by Carol Fuller Carol Fuller tells the inspirational story of how she and her husband dealt with the aftermath of his debilitating stroke, and how they embraced their different life together. Covering a 21-year period, the book in a personal way, demonstrates to readers how to keep an open mind and positive attitude. Fuller chose to focus not on the negative aspects of a stroke and its many challenges, but to look for ways for her and her husband, Clive, to live a good life.





Stroke Diary: A Primer for Aphasia Therapy by Tom Broussard, Ph.D., is a primer that provides an array of tools for aphasia therapy and rehabilitation. Broussard, himself a stroke survivor who experienced a stroke that left him unable to read, write or speak well kept a diary using drawings and charts. In writing his diary, recording his voice and studying his brain for nine months, he experienced what scientists call, “spontaneous recovery.” Broussard has been speaking to hospitals, clinics and a wide audience of people with strokes, caregivers, students, and medical professionals with an interest in how our brain works and how recovery is accomplished by someone who saw his brain from the inside.



Stroke Diary: The Secret of Aphasia Recovery by Tom Broussard, Ph.D., a stroke survivor, teaches his processes for learning, relearning and healing. The author’s stroke resulted in aphasia—the loss of language, neurological disabilities, and brain injury. But using new methods of therapy developed in part by the author, led to his complete recovery. Aphasia recovery is about the doing. The brain converts experience into plasticity—learning, by another name. The more practice, the more learning. Conventional speech therapy is a start. Enriched speech therapy provides the missing link. Exercise, evidence, feedback, and interaction equip you with the steps needed to go the distance.



A Stroke of Faith: A Stroke Survivor's Story of a Second Chance at Living a Life of Significance by stroke survivor Mike Moore tells the story of moving from acceptance to surrender and from hope to faith. Moore always believe he was in charge of his life but all that changed on a beautiful Saturday morning in May 2007. Suddenly he was no longer in control of anything and his life and recognized he’d never return to his pre-stroke normality. He talks about God's work in his life and being transformed from thinking he had everything under control to knowing God had control all along.

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