IGA028 – Stroke Survivor Chronicles #1 – Comparing Notes


Since Lee’s stroke in Dec. 2016, Lee has become familiar with many other stroke survivors who are still struggling to recover from the damages of their stroke. There are some real heartbreaking stories out there. But a story that ends well can inspire us all to keep moving forward. This episode unfolds the story of Kelly Martin-Balestrieri who suffered a major stroke 10 years ago. She could not walk or be alone for the first few months afterward. But she fought her way back to become a 3rd-degress black belt in taekwondo, and regularly spends as much time as she can outdoors with her family. Lee and Kelly discuss the details of their experiences, compare notes on their recovery paths, and theorize on the effects each of their strokes have had on their lives. This episode will bring you closer to understanding the perspective of a stroke survivor.

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The Questions Explored in this Episode:

  • Does having a stroke change the way we see the world?
  • What factors promote a fast and quick recovery from stroke?
  • How strokes can vary among individuals.
  • Does personality characteristics affect the speed of stroke recovery?

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The PDF of Strokes Resources and Information:

We’ve prepared a PDF chocked full of information about Lee’s stroke adventure and strokes in general. You will find this helpful in understanding the events, circumstances and challenges of those around you struggling with stroke recovery. This PDF contains:

  • Actual brain scan images showing Lee’s carotid arteries as well as normal arteries in the same area.
  • A sequence of photos showing how neuroplasticity can be used to minimize, over time, the damages from strokes through the use of deliberate and purpose-driven practice.
  • A 7 minute video where Lee recalls a few chuckles related to his treatment and care in the hospital during his stroke
  • Several arterial anatomy illustrations clearly showing the arterial structures involved in Lee’s stroke.
  • Selected videos dealing with understanding cholesterol to help prevent mistakes in minimizing stroke risks
  • How to quickly tell if you or someone with you is having a stroke.
  • Plus more…

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