Working with stroke survivors

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In 2005, I found myself working with several stroke survivors as a Speech Language Pathologist. One stroke survivor in particular would frequently ask the questions “Am I the only one with these problems?”, “why did this happen?”, and “how did this happen?”. After providing much education and counseling, I realized the best way to get this patient to truly understand what I was talking about would be by connecting him with other stroke survivors who have gone through the same situations and questions. In 2006, I initiated our stroke support group here at Sanford Vermillion. Our group strives to provide opportunities to stay educated about stroke recovery, rehabilitation and prevention of recurrent stroke and to meet other stroke survivors with similar challenges and experiences. It also provides an opportunity to celebrate successes and support strengths. I have witnessed many friendships and positive growth occur within this group and hope to impact every individual in a positive way.

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  1. Posted by Kate, at Reply

    Thank you for your commitment and dedication to stroke survivors! Keep up the amazing work 🙂

  2. Posted by Marilyn, at Reply

    I’ve been in aphasia groups since my stroke in 2009. It is very helpful to see others struggling with the same issues and share what works for us. It is good to find a place where we can talk without being judged. We let other people take as much time as they need, and don’t pressure them or dismiss what they say.