TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION        

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS                                                                                        

RELEASE

PROLOGUE

PART I – DARKNESS DESCENDS      

1                 Advice, What Advice?

2                 Shock And Awe

3                 Picking My Home Away From Home

4                 A Nursing Home at 53

PART II – A GLIMMER OF HOPE  

5                 Now Let’s Get Going

6                 The Sun Begins to Shine

7                 Emotions and Coping

8                 Home Alone – Is this My Deal – Yikes!

PART III – POINTS OF TRANSFORMATION       

9                 Driving at Nascar, No – The Hills of San Francisco, Yes

10              Some of My Most Important Lessons

11              Small Lessons that Make a Big Difference

12              Friendly Chatter – A Self-Advocacy Strategy to Succeed

13              The Unsung Heroes – The Caregivers

14              Enjoying a Visit to a Bar

15              New Situations – The Fix is In

PART IV – ATTITUDE THERAPY   

16              Slay the Giant Killer – Depression: Part 1

17              Slay the Giant Killer – Depression: Part 11

18              Reflections on Being a Victor

PART V – OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS     

19              What I Want in My Therapists

20              A Personification of the Theories and a Contrast

21              How to Keep the Therapy Going When the Insurance Ends

22              Remarkable Results from a Family Dinner

23              Helping Yourself and Mankind by Participating in Clinical Research

24              An AHA Moment – The Gainesville Story

25              Making Progress Doing Clinical Research

26              2014 – How to Find Relevant Studies for You

27              Role Playing Doing Clinical Research

28        A Strategy for the Newbie Participant

PART VI – KNOWLEDGE IS POWER   

29          A Transformative Moment – Brain Change

30          Disappointment with Traditional Acupuncture

31          A Little Known Therapy that Worked

32          A Sudden Detour from Rehabilitation

33          Getting Back On Track with More Innovative Therapies

34          Balance Therapy – Auriculotherapy

35        Additional Thoughts on Integrative and Innovative Therapies

PART VII – LIFESTYLES AFTER STROKE     

36          Sex After Stroke

37          Loving Connections

38          Traveling after Stroke

39          Fitness after Stroke

40          Diet after Stroke

PART VIII – PERSPECTIVES MOVING FORWARD  

41         Today’s Healthcare – A Self Service Model

42         Stroke Victors Have a Stroke Readiness Plan: Do You?

43         A Breath of Fresh Air – NIH StrokeNet

44         Last But Not Least – My Secret Ingredients!

AFTERWORD – ADVOCACY 

APPENDIX and RESOURCES 

I           Debbie’s Criteria for a Live-In Rehabilitation Center

II          What Makes a Great Recovery Team

III        What You May Not Want to Know

BUT

Need to Know

Some Stroke Facts of Life

IV        The Game Changers – A List