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American Stroke Association Provides Tips for Caregivers as Part of Stroke Month in May
Date:4/27/2009

"My reality was a lonely, dark, empty place," Morgan said. "Stroke alters a mind in many different ways, so I cried often and lashed out at those around me."

But time and treatment have made a difference in her recovery.

Katherine Sullivan, Ph.D., PT, a member of the American Stroke Association's Rehabilitation, Prevention and Recovery Committee, said the list also should serve as patient and survivor education.

"There will always be questions, no matter what stage the survivor or caregiver is in," Sullivan said. "Each stage after the stroke requires adjustment as both the survivor and the caregiver negotiate the road to recovery. Recovery begins the day after stroke, but questions will change as the stroke survivor passes through the hospital phase through return to a healthy and active community life."

Sessler said it's also important for caregivers to take care of their health -- as the committee recommends.

"I know it's hard to give yourself a day, but you need to do it," Sessler said. "Don't take what your loved one is saying too personally. As their caretaker, you take the brunt of everything. Remember that person you love is still in there."

Stroke is a medical emergency. Call 9-1-1 immediately to receive medical attention for stroke. For tips, tools and support, visit www.strokeassociation.org/caregivers.

About the American Stroke Association

Created in 1997 as a division of the American Heart Association, the American Stroke Association works to improve stroke prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke -- America's No. 3 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. To do this, we fund scientific research, help people better understand and avoid stroke, encourage government support, guide healthcare professionals, an
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