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 Books to Live By
Useful books for rehabilitation,
motivation, and to regain fulfillment

Stroke Survivors stories to
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How to Conquer the World - for stroke survivorsHow to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude, Second Edition with Foreword by Julian Whitaker, MD

Many inspirational books take you through the person's crisis period. This book is different. It shows how much a person can achieve in the years after, and what life is really like when you have a severe disability.

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return to ithaca - for stroke survivorsReturn to Ithaca: A Woman's Triumph over the Disabilities of a Severe Stroke (Paperback) by Barbara Newborn

STEPHANIE:  Barbara Newborn's story is moving and well-told. She had a stroke while in college, and was forced to return to her parents' home. This is one of my favorite books, because you feel her emotions as she struggles with the ups and downs of rehabilitation and reclaiming her life. Like Paul, she didn't let her disabilities stop her from returning to school, and finding new ways to accomplish her goals. Order online.

over my head - about head injuryOver My Head: A Doctor's Own Story of Head Injury from the Inside Looking Out, by Claudia L.Osborn

STEPHANIE:  Paul and I were active in our local brain injury support group, especially in the early days after his stroke. Every stroke and brain injury survivor is affected in unique ways, but there were some memory and cognitive issues that seemed more typical of brain injury survivors than stroke survivors.  Claudia's story describes these issues with such vivid emotional detail that I felt like I understood what she was experiencing. Her positive, can-do approach shows that people should never underestimate how much survivors can accomplish. Order online.

Eileen QuannBy His Side: Life and Love after Stroke, by Eileen Steets Quann

STEPHANIE: This story of recovery after stroke is told from the caregiver-spouses perspective, with moving details of how relationships change from the family's viewpoint.  This is especially helpful for complex relationships-both Eileen and John had been married before and had children from their previous marriages-in dealing with the medical decision-making and family support. This book is well-written, and relates the ups and downs of stroke rehabilitation and recovery, with a positive view to the future. Order online

In the Waiting Room

"Let's Talk, Florida Writers Association,sizeIn the Waiting Room" is a short story by Jackie Hinkley, Ph.D, CCC-SLP, a professor emeritus in the communications sciences & disorders department of the University of South Florida. I met Jackie years ago when she was in Michigan and sponsoring the National Aphasia Association's Speaking
Out! conference.

Jackie's wonderful fictional story about a caregiver and a person with aphasia won a place in the Florida Writers Association book, "Let's Talk," featuring 50 short stories. , Order online 

Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope

Gabby.4-24-12 size.cBy Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly  is one of the best books on recovery from brain injury or stroke that I have read in a long time.  Kelly regarded his new "caregiver" role as a mission, and attacked Giffords’ rehabilitation with a mission plan like any of his astronaut missions. Giffords is truly inspiring in her positive attitude, her stubborn determination, toughness, and sheer willpower. Order online

Out of the Darkness: An Inspirational Story of Survival in the Face of Stroke and Locked-In Syndrome

Out of the Darkness, An Inspirational Story of Survival in the Face of Stroke and Locked-In Syndrome Here's a description of a book we recommend:

In an instant, forty-nine-year-old Allison O'Reilly went from being an active woman engaged in her family, the challenges of daily life, and a career as director of marketing for a Fortune 100 company to a life struggle to regain her independence. In "Out of the Darkness," she shares her personal story of experiencing a brain stem stroke that left her in a locked-in syndrome.

A narrative of healing and of love and hope, “Out of the Darkness” shares the realities of O'Reilly's experiences, acknowledging that every stroke and every recovery is different. In this story, she strives to provide a non- clinical voice for all stroke survivors.

To read more about Allison's book, Order online

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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