Monday, June 21, 2010

A New Day

Welcome back

If you are a new visitor or you are someone who has been following this blog for a while, this post is for you...

It is time to turn the page on stroke awareness, education and recovery. I will be eight years post stroke on August 10th of this year 2010. It has been my privilege over the past year and a half to be part of the stroke caregiver workshops and support meetings here on Prince Edward Island. During the past three months I have enjoyed the opportunity to contribute on one of the provincial sub committees working to put in place the final pieces of the Prince Edward Island Stroke Strategy. Specifically concerning awareness and education as it applies to both primary and secondary stroke on P.E.I.

Additionally, I have also been given the opportunity to contribute at the national level by joining with the Canadian Stroke Network's Canadian Stroke Strategy group as they develop a national strategy to reintegrate stroke survivors back into their communities.

I feel that as I approach my eighth anniversary of being a stroke survivor I have achieved a new level in my recovery. To mark this sense of accomplishment I have created a new blog from which I will be posting in future. The blog is simply named "Prince Edward Island Stroke Recovery" and an explanation of direction and goals is contained in the welcome post. You can click here to come over and read the post, then sign up to follow if you wish.

Thank you so much for being a reader/follower of this "Signs Of A Stroke" blog over the past five years and I hope that we will enjoy a continued relationship with your following my new blog.

Smiles :o)


p.s. You can also Google my new blog by searching for the term "Prince Edward Island Stroke Recovery"

Saturday, May 29, 2010

5 Warning Signs Of Stroke

Do you know the 5 warning signs of stroke that could save a life, even your own?

Here they are:

5 warning signs of stroke

1. Visual problems like a sudden change in vision or sudden double vision.

2. Numbness of the face, weak arms or legs, weakness on one side of the body.

3. Disorientation, problems with speech (e.g., slurred speech), and/or trouble understanding others.

4.  Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.

5.  Painful headache that comes on suddenly and has no known cause.

If you or anyone else that you are near shows any of these 5 warning signs of stroke CALL 911 right away.

Time is extremely important when dealing with stroke so don't delay. A life could be at risk!

To learn more about stroke, stroke recovery and the 5 warning signs of stroke read my entire blog.

Smiles :o)


Monday, April 12, 2010

Pack a Pasta Dish With Vegies Times Five


If you are thinking of eating less meat and more vegies than this article may be just what the doctor ordered...

"Add some vibrant colors to your pasta recipes! Mixing in fresh vegetables to the dishes not only makes them more visually appealing, but adds a lot of healthy nutrients. We have 5 veggie-packed pasta dishes here for you to try."

Click here to learn more:

Garrett's Story


Garrett Mendez is a young stroke survivor from New Jersey. He has just launched his personal web page to increase awareness and educate about stroke.

Garrett wrote:

"I am twenty three years old and a stroke survivor. I had no risk factors, no warning signs. On November 26, 2005, my life changed in the blink of an eye. Four years ago, I was a freshman at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass. I had a pretty typical life. I was having a great time in college, I was playing hockey on a Junior Hockey team. Sports had always been an important part of my life. I learned to skate soon after I learned to walk and had played hockey since I was four."

Click here to read more:

Garrett has lots of videos and other valuable info to help stroke survivors and their families deal with recovering from experiencing stroke. Be sure to make good use of ALL the resource material that Garrett has posted and continues to post as he recovers his own life from stroke.

Click here to learn more:

Smiles :o)


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fruits and Vegies in your diet can be an adventure...

Sometimes we can get too set in our ways or are intimidated to try new things, especially when it comes to food. Take a look around your grocery store, visit an ethnic food shop, health-food outlet or stroll through your local farmers’ market for new vegetables, fruit and other foods you’ve never tried before. You can find recipes for almost anything from artichokes to tofu by searching the web, going to libraries or buying new cookbooks.

from an article by:  Alyssa Rolnick, RD

Learn more here...

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Goal Setting: How to Unleash Your Reticular Activating System

Goal Setting: How to Unleash Your Reticular Activating System: "

Your Reticular Activating System acts as a heat seeking missile which allows your subconscious mind to work on your goal whether you realize it or not.

Write your Goals on paper bridges the gap between your imagination and the real world. As you create and advance your plan it takes your ideas from the intangible to the tangible.

We train in creating plans for achieving your Goals inside Goal University


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Garrett's Video

Jim Walkaide 1-Dec17.avi

Jim Walkaide 1-Dec17.avi: "

Jim is walking from the Kitchen into the Family Room about 3 weeks after receiving his Walk Aide device. He's gone from only being able to go about 5' by himself without assistive devices to now going about 28 feet (on average), sits for a minute and then goes 25-28 feet again -- during a physical therapy session. His speed has increased impressively as well. We can't really ask for more!


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Reminder: Next Stroke Caregivers support meeting Monday Feb 1st 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Superstore (upstairs) Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Reminder: Next Stroke Caregivers support meeting Monday Feb 1st 1:30 p.m. Atlantic Superstore (upstairs) Charlottetown, P.E.I.