May Is Stroke Awareness Month

I should begin with a disclaimer. I am not trained in any medical profession, nor have I attended any type of medical institution. I am only someone who writes blog posts about what I have observed. If you want or need medical advice, please consult a physician. Also, there is a description of death, so skip this post if this subject upsets you.

Ever since I learned how my dear friend Doug died, I’ve been thinking about the problem of strokes. Strokes are a malady I’ve known about since childhood. My great-uncle Jerry suffered one in the 1960s. He was a lucid, cheerful survivor but was physically impared due to neurological problems stemming from the stroke. For many years, Jerry represented everything I knew about the mysterious world of stroke survivors.

Many years later, dad’s second wife Tippy suffered a stroke. She was immediately hospitalized and eventually recovered satisfactorily. She did end up having difficulty walking in a straight line. As therapy, Tippy walked around the racing track that circled the football field at Wayne State (Nebraska) College. Whenever I visited Tippy and dad, I’d walk laps with her and watch her progress while we chatted about family matters. After about a year, Tippy was able to walk a straight line for miles at a time.

Then, a few years later, Tippy had another stroke. This was not immediately evident to dad, however. At the time, Tippy decided to play solitaire on the family computer. She remarked to dad, that the cards danced and floated around in a psychedelic manner. She then went to bed. The next morning dad awakened and saw that Tippy was paralyzed and was unable to speak.

Tippy was rushed to the hospital, but nothing could be done to restore her motor functions. She was admitted into a nursing home to receive custodial care. After another few years, Tippy was admitted to hospice care, where she eventually died.

While Tippy was still living in the nursing home, I discovered an excellent book about strokes that I purchased, read, and then shared with dad. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey was exactly the book we needed to read.

At the time of her stroke, Jill was a Harvard-trained brain scientist when a blood vessel burst in her brain. She observed her mind deteriorate to the point where she was unable to talk, walk, write, read, nor recall life memories. After her recovery, the author pieced together scientifically what had happened to her brain.

She discovered insight to the functioning of both halves of her brain. As she lost her left-brain functions, Jill reported feeling profoundly connected to the Universe. It was largely through this meditative quality that she was able to emotionally survive. Then, after her recovery, she was able to write the book, both as a memoir and a tool for recovery.

Knowing about Tippy’s second stroke and its impact upon her life and how it changed the lives of dad and the rest of the family, gave the book a poignant meaning. It is the first book I recommend to anyone who wants information about strokes. My Stroke of Insight has had mixed reviews. Many of the detractors saying that there are a lot of New Age, feel good passages between the covers. In my opinion, this style is a result of her stroke, not from any engrained beliefs.

The tragic nature of stroke became personal again this year. My close friend Doug died suddenly of a severe stroke. One of his sisters described the circumstances of his death as sudden, without apparent warning. According to Phoenix, Arizona police, Doug had gotten up from his kitchen table where he had been paying utility bills. He collapsed in the living room, where he remained motionless for a few days. Doug’s medical condition was finally discovered after he failed to report to work. Doug was taken to the hospital where it was determined he had no brain function at all. He was only able to breathe. He then passed away peacefully five days later.

Nobody knows what types of symptoms Doug may have experienced immediately prior to the stroke. It only appears that his condition happened suddenly and severely. As far as anyone knew, Doug previously enjoyed normal health and had few physical complaints of any type. In my estimation, Doug probably suffered the worst type of stroke–it happened swiftly without warning and immediately left him physically disabled. Living alone and being suddenly disabled, left Doug unable to request help.

Doug’s family and I are left with more questions than answers. There is one takeaway we have learned: strokes are serious with immediate medical attention being the foremost requirement. Now is a good time to brief yourself on the warning signs of stroke and what to do about them as soon as possible. May is Stroke Awareness Month, now is the time to become better informed.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes an anonymous stroke survivor . “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”

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14 Responses to May Is Stroke Awareness Month

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  2. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’œ I Don’t Trust Medical ‘Experts’ EveryOne because given ALL Their ‘Educated’ and Conflicting Advice I Should Be “Dead” or Seriously Sick and I AM NOT!! Either; that is ALL EveryBody, very good, carry on


    • swabby429 says:

      Experts versus Doctors?

      • Yernasia Quorelios says:

        ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž

        ๐Ÿ’Ž It’s Actually Quite Simple EveryOne; this is basically My Body and I Have 3DLived with it ALL My 3DLife from Conception Sharing My AutoImmune System with My Mom ๐Ÿ‘ฉ ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ โ™ฅ๏ธ ๐Ÿ˜… ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ‘ฉ to Assist HER!!! ๐ŸŽถ Through Our Shared Pregnancy with The Bundle of Energy InSide HER!!! that was Me…ergo I AM The “Expert” where My Body is concerned while “Doctors” Guess; for example just ask Three Doctors and They WILL!!! Give YOU!!! Three Different “Opinions” or Honestly Say They Don’t Know, frankly I Don’t Understand why The Author doesn’t Get This and CHOOSE!!! to just Agree-To-Disagree, Do YOU!!! Get The Author EveryBody ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜… ๐Ÿ˜† ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜„ ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿค” ?

        ๐Ÿ’Ž – Diamond Hard – ๐Ÿ’Ž


  3. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’œ An “Opinion” is an “Opinion” EveryOne; job Done and Dusted so I Quit This Pointless DISCOURSE!!! that ๐Ÿ”ฎ is Simply about The Author Proving ThemSelf RIGHT!!!


    • swabby429 says:

      What does this have to do with people suffering and dying due to stroke? This is not an opinion piece, it’s an awareness post.

      • Yernasia Quorelios says:

        ๐Ÿ’œ As YOU!!! Have asked a Question I Make an Exception and Answer; a Medical Diagnosis is an Opinion and a Pathologist may Identify a Different Cause of Death…as for YOU!!! Cognitive Dissonance is Tough for people who consider themselves intelligent yet are closed to any views other than their own; please ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฟ let us leave it that and YOU!!! Go ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐ŸŽ  ๐Ÿšถ๐Ÿฟโ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿšถ Off and MEDITATE!!! ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™‚๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿง˜ ๐Ÿ™Œ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ’ช โค๏ธ ๐Ÿค— On This To Get YOUR!!! Answers


      • swabby429 says:

        So you are upset about me giving a standard disclaimer. OK. Got it.

  4. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    ๐Ÿ’œ SOMB (Soul Observer Mind Body) Rhymes with WOMB; only The Body Goes


  5. Thank you for telling these stroke stories. One way to ascertain if someone is having a stroke is to ask them to hold their arms out in front. Ask them a question and see if they can communicate properly. Ask them to smile, if one side of their mouth droops it could be sign of stroke. Call 911 immediately

  6. tiostib says:

    Thank you for this timely reminder that life is precarious.

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