Chronic phase stroke recovery – one man’s journey 23 years after his stroke. Don’t believe the window of opportunity myth!

It is very well known that the extent and the time of stroke recovery are variable. However, there is a common misconception in stroke rehabilitation that there is a six-month window for recovery.  That’s because, within this time, most healing happens, aided by the body’s natural process. Beyond this time, it is harder to see…

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A follow-up: Two years of Botox and Dysport treatments for spasticity– how Rick is doing now!

Two years ago, Rick started Botox and Dysport treatments to help with his stroke recovery. We reported on his experience with starting the, then, very new therapy in stroke rehabilitation. In fact, this therapy wasn’t even available in 2010 when he had his stroke. Therefore, when he discussed this with his doctor in 2016, it…

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Improving the lives of stroke survivors one step at a time

Strokemark has been improving lives of stroke survivors step by step. For stroke survivors like Dr. Hecht or Mrs. Busse, their stroke came suddenly and changed everything. Dr. Hecht, a psychologist, went from treating patients to being one. Mrs. Busse and her husband had active lives one day and felt they lost their social contacts…

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Getting her life back after stroke – a story of love and innovation

Imagine… your life partner, your best friend, your go-to person suddenly can’t do the things that you two used to enjoy. In fact, she can’t do a lot of things she used to do just to get through the day. That’s what it can feel like when your spouse suffers a stroke. You can feel…

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Yoga instructor feels something isn’t right during barre class – suffers a stroke

Leslie just got great news. Her daughter called after her 12-week prenatal appointment. Everything looked great. Leslie was so relieved and excited. She was going to be a grandmother and couldn’t wait to start spreading the news. Leslie is a yoga instructor, specializing in prenatal yoga, and a doula, so keeping this quiet until her…

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Tougher than his stroke – how a fitness trainer got back on track

Fitness trainer, author, blogger, motivational speaker,  YouTuber… who is this guy and what can he tell you about stroke? Meet Richard. And actually, he can tell you a lot about stroke because he’s been through it first-hand. He knows how difficult it is to recover, but he also knows that the blood, sweat, and tears…

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How training like an athlete helped one man bike his way to a better life after stroke

We all know how important exercise is for our health. But actually walking the walk can be difficult. This can’t be truer for stroke survivors. When you’re living with limited function, it’s hard to get out there and exercise. Unfortunately, stroke survivors are probably the ones who need regular exercise the most. How can we…

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