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Stroke Survivors
     

Stroke Survivors

by William H. Bergquist, Rod McLean, Barbara A. Kobylinski
 

Stroke Survivors gives first-hand, intimate accounts of the terrifying experience of having a stroke and the complex and challenging process of recovery. Based on an extensive three-year study of seventy stroke survivors, the book gives voice to the stroke survivors as well as to health care professionals, caregivers, and family members, revealing how survivors

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Stroke Survivors gives first-hand, intimate accounts of the terrifying experience of having a stroke and the complex and challenging process of recovery. Based on an extensive three-year study of seventy stroke survivors, the book gives voice to the stroke survivors as well as to health care professionals, caregivers, and family members, revealing how survivors faced the daunting task of reclaiming their lives after a stroke.

At the heart of the book is coauthor Rod McLean's personal journey from despair to triumph. At age twenty, he suffered a massive stroke, underwent brain surgery, and drifted in and out of a coma for twenty-one days. The professionals predicted that McLean would spAnd the rest of his life confined to a wheelchair with limited ability to move or speak. But, he refused to let the so-called experts'' dictate his future. Twenty-five years later, Rod McLean lectures in classrooms around the country about his experience of being a stroke survivor.

McLean's profound story and the stories of other stroke survivors recount the agonizing process of relearning how to talk, walk, make love ... and live. After a stroke, as survivors struggle to recreate their self-image and feelings of self-worth, the quality of life is forever changed. Survivors and their often fatigued and distressed caregivers are sure to gain a new understanding and appreciation of the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to emerge from the life-changing stroke experience.

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"Of particular value as a sensitivity guide for caretakers.''
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Stressing the psychological recovery of stroke victims from helplessness, despair and loss of self-esteem, this three-year study is based on 70 stroke survivors whose inspiring stories are recounted. Bergquist heads the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco and Sacramento; Kobylinski is a clinical social worker; and McLean, who has almost completely recovered from a stroke he suffered 20 years ago at age 20, teaches disabled children. Divided into four parts, the book describes what it's like to have a stroke and various stages of the attack, adapting to the consequences, ``reentering the world'' and rehabilitation. A sound social-support structure is emphasized as crucial for preparing survivors to cope with the obstacles, both physical and psychological, they face after a stroke. Of particular value as a sensitivity guide for caretakers. (Sept.)
Library Journal
A psychologist, a young stroke survivor, and a social worker here jointly present their study of psychological adaptations by 70 stroke survivors, from the initial event through reentry into "normal" life. Thumbnail sketches of these survivors and their caregivers' personal experiences are interspersed throughout. In addition, stroke survivor Rod McLean vividly portrays his fears and frustrations as an active, thinking mind trapped inside a nonfunctional body. McLean's contribution effectively shows that young people are also stroke victims, but, unfortunately, the sketches are so brief that much of the impact is lost. There is also a question, not addressed, of the accuracy of the survivors' perceptions since stroke can impair memory and cognition. Caregivers may find the book helpful in understanding the stroke victim's needs and challenges, but it is not a necessary purchase. A better personal account of surviving a stroke is May Sarton's After the Stroke (LJ 4/15/88).-Janet M. Schneider, James A. Haley Veterans Hosp. Lib., Tampa, Fla.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555426699
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Series:
Health Management Ser.
Edition description:
1st
Pages:
261
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.65(h) x 0.98(d)

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Meet the Author

WILLIAM H. BERGQUIST is president of the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco and author of over twenty books. ROD MCLEAN is president and founder of ABLEforce, a disabilities consulting service in San Rafael, California. BARBARA A. KOBYLINSKI is a clinical social worker at Mercy San Juan/Mercy American River Hospital in Sacramento, California.

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