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Sudden loss of language skills and all power of communication as the result of a stroke or head injury is a catastrophic event to both the patient and their family. There is the initial shock of the illness and the long and frustrating battle for improvement—with dilsillusionment as the major obstacle to a recovery process that commonly takes years. Portrait of Aphasia is a personal account of the recovery of a stroke victim told with clarity and sensitivity by her husband.


“This book will have a broad appeal and should be in all public and hospital libraries.”—Library Journal

“Candid accounts such as Portrait of Aphasia can provide valuable insight and support, not only to families, but also to speech pathologists, physicians, and social workers who must reeducate these families and help them cope effectively and with understanding.”—Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Through the stages of hospilization, coming home, and re-establishing routines, the authors go beyond the typical first person narratives to chronicle the feelings and reactions of not only the stroke survivors, but their spouses and children. Each family’s “pathway” winds to a future beyond the stroke, to plans that encompass hopes and dreams.

Pathways describes aphasia in lay terms, examines the changes in listening, reading, writing, and speech, and details methods to compensate the losses. In addition, Beth Pfalzgraf writes about her reactions to her father’s brain hemorrhage and subsequent surgery—an event that occurred as she was preparing this book. She shares her own responses as a health care professional living through the recovery stages with her father.

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After sustaining a stroke, Tommye-K. Mayer tells her story of how and why she taught herself to run. This is an inspirational story that portrays one woman’s dedication to meeting challenges.

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In January 2003, at the age of 50, Mike Ripley had a stroke. To use his own words: “Stroke is by its nature an isolating disease. In the first instance it isolates you as a person from your brain, then from parts of your body, your memory, your ability to communicate, your capacity to understand what is happening. The effect of this is to isolate you from your family and loved ones, your work, your social life, your life outside your home or a hospital ward. It is the cruellest and loneliest of afflictions.”

“Surviving a Stroke” is Mike’s story of the stroke itself and the next year of his recovery. He had to battle with memory loss, slow thought processes, clumsiness, vertigo and other long term effects of a stroke. On top of that he had the emotional fallout to cope with, including the typical depression that sets in. And he had to adjust to a new diet and medication to control his high blood pressure.

“Surviving a Stroke” not only recounts Mike’s reaction to his own stroke, but it also incorporates a mass of practical tips and advice for anyone else recovering from a stroke. As a comic crime thriller writer, Mike Ripley looks for the humour in any situation, and finds it even in this one.

“A must read for anyone who wants to survive a stroke with their sense of humour intact. It’s a measure of Ripley’s courage and writing ability that he treats his ’slings and arrows of outrageous fortune’ with such an enviable lightness of touch.” Minette Walters

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Author:  Roberta J. Elman

· The book is designed for day-to-day use for busy practitioners
· Expert clinicians are the authors of each of the chapters giving the reader authoritative guidance
· Each chapter follows the same basic outline for quick and accessible reference
· Tables, charts, and summaries enhance the text

“…this book is essential. Group intervention strategies offer distinctive benefits as a supplement or in some cases a replacement to traditional one-on-one modes of treatment. Elman has organized, coordinated, and gathered a team who advance these concepts brilliantly. This book should be on the desk of any clinical researcher, teacher, or clinician who struggles with the challenges of brain-based communication loss.” - Leonard L. LaPointe, PhD, Francis Eppes Distinguished Professor of Neuro-Communication Disorders, Faculty, Program in Neuroscience; College of Medicine, Florida State University, Co-Director, TMH-FSU Neurolinguistic-Neurocognitive Research Center, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology

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This book focuses on the way in which the individual with a brain injury and his/her family copes, adjusts, understands, and survives through the treatment and adaptation phases. The information includes personal stories/statements from people and family members with brain injury.

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This is a self-help resource and an information guide for stroke victims, their families and an information guide for stroke victims, their families, and caregivers,” according to Dr. Stuart H. Mann, a Fellow with the Stroke Council of the American Heart Association. The author, an attorney who had a stroke, explains how to deal with the aftermath of a stroke in 18 easily identifiable chapters.

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From the Back Cover: An inspiring story of a young girls courage to recover after a near fatal stroke at twenty-seven. Available from Barnes & Nobel .

Valerie Greene writes her true story about her journey to overcome the obstacles she faced after suffering a massive stroke at the young age of 31. Although it is a story of triumph over tragedy, it is much more. Valerie shares her insight and knowledge as she strives to become a survivor instead of a victim. Her constant enthusiasm and drive is a true inspiration. Readers will cheer her on with each page. The Fire Within is uplifting and inspiring. It demonstrates the power of the human spirit and how all things are possible! Allow Valerie’s compelling story to ignite the fire within!

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Author: Arthur H. Niehoff

This book gives a description of the patient’s view of having endured a stroke. It is a valuable document for stroke victims, the family and the professionals caring for the person.

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