Cleo Hutton, Author, Speaker, and Advocate for Stroke Awareness and Recovery Issues
Cleo Hutton authored After a Stroke: 300 Tips for Making Life Easier, Demos Medical Publishing, in 2005, and coauthored, with Louis R. Caplan, MD, Striking Back at Stroke: A Doctor-Patient Journal, in 2003. She also contributed to the books Stroke by Louis R. Caplan, MD, and Brain Attack, the Journey Back, edited by Liz Pearl.
Cleo is a 24-year ischemic stroke survivor and has had prior working experience in nursing. Her extensive campaign to spread the word about stroke awareness and recovery has been carried on national radio shows and television broadcasts, including CNN Health, and featured in several magazines, including Prevention, Cerebrum, and Stroke Smart.
Cleo is a compassionate speaker who uses her heart, humor, and experience to deliver a message of hope and healing by breaking paradigms rooted in myths and misconceptions concerning stroke. In 2014, Cleo received the 16th Annual Journey Award from Essentia Health Rehabilitation Services at Essentia Health, Duluth, Minnesota. In 2006, she received Northland News Center's Women in Leadership Award. In 1996, she received the American Heart and Stroke Hero Award.
At the young age of 50, Cleo graduated with honors from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a major in English and a minor in professional writing and communication. She chose these subjects in order to relearn communication and aid comprehension, reading, and writing skills.
The mother of three adult children and a grandmother, Cleo lives in Minnesota with her two Tabby cats, Buddy and Lucy. Cleo is an avid reader who knits and exercises daily. She also volunteers for numerous community services and events.
The name, Cleo Hutton, is a pseudonym for medical and family privacy.