Stroke: Brain-Assault: Suggestions, Encouragement and Exercises to Help You or Your Loved One Overcome the Effects of a Stroke

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"Stroke: Brain Assault" is the story of one woman's experience of an aneurysm stroke. The book chronicles the years following her stroke and provides techniques she used in her recovery. This book is for people who love or work with someone who has suffered a stroke. It is also for people who have the tenacity and desire to affect their own stroke recovery. Frame of mind is very important--focus on the future instead of mourning what's been lost, and make efforts, no matter how small, that bring back independence. "Stroke: Brain Assault" ...
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Overview

"Stroke: Brain Assault" is the story of one woman's experience of an aneurysm stroke. The book chronicles the years following her stroke and provides techniques she used in her recovery. This book is for people who love or work with someone who has suffered a stroke. It is also for people who have the tenacity and desire to affect their own stroke recovery. Frame of mind is very important--focus on the future instead of mourning what's been lost, and make efforts, no matter how small, that bring back independence. "Stroke: Brain Assault" outlines: the components of the brain and nervous system; different types of strokes; and treatment and recovery exercises. The author, Madelina DePaz, worked as a nuclear engineer for General Dynamics Corporation, and has B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering, and more recently an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She lives in Virginia Beach, VA, and in southern California.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577330745
  • Publisher: Blue Dolphin Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.32 (d)

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I am compelled to write this book, to relate my experience to thousands of people in the United States who are affected by stroke, the number one cause of major long-term disability and the third leading cause of death by disease. Every sixty (60) seconds someone suffers a stroke and every three and a half (3-1/2) minutes someone dies from stroke. Each year, stroke hits six-hundred thousand (600,000) Americans, killing about one-hundred sixty thousand (160,000) of its victims and over one million survivors become permanently disabled. Stroke hits anyone - young or old.

Known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), it occurred very sudden, in my case. There was no warning sign. It began with numbness and paralysis and in less than an hour, I was comatose. Stroke is not debilitating. But I believe that a victim has to fight. It is true that brain cells die and are not replaced by new nerve cells or neurons. However, the brain has the capacity to compensate the permanently damage fragments. The connected tissue can adjust some and the lost functions may be recovered through therapy and hard work.

The stroke-assault is devastating. The fact that it happened, I confronted it and refused to give in. I feel I am in control of my recovery. I mine the abyss of my mental power. This is my story.

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Table of Contents

Prologue
1 From the Midwest to New England
2 An Experience of a Lifetime
3 The Brain Complexity
4 Challenge the Paradigm
5 Looking Back
6 "Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining"
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
About the Author
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