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Archive for June 2016

Urban Dictionary: Stroke Hero

Stroke Hero People who had a stroke BUT didn’t feel that they weren’t a “stroke victim” or, “stroke survivor”. They wanted to show themselves and the world that they were able to build their muscles and their brain by using brain building exercises, muscles building exercise and they know that their brains’ neurons were able…

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Why Emoticons Are So Important

Americans love my euro-sounding accent. I was from Montreal. But, I was an anglophone who grew up in English-speaking neighborhood of Montreal and I’ve got South African English parents. I have Foreign Accent Symptom. I couldn’t speak after my massive stroke in 2008. Finally, around 2012, my speech therapy, SpeakIt! (iPhone app) and my book…

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Impossible

“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary.…

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Fisher-Price Peeps

Alon used Fisher Price people to help him with his hand rehabilitation.

I suffered a catastrophic massive stroke. Years ago, my OTs pretended that I was ‘doing’ my affected arm & hand during hand rehabilitation with my mind whereas OTs (secretly) put my palm & forearm in pressure points controlled by… my OTs’ hands. Anyway, my rehab center cost too much. My Medicare bought me a SaeboReach.…

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Fatty, The Masseur & The Truthteller

There’s outrageous Winter Holiday party going in Jenny & Charles’s home. Fatty, the masseur, grabs you by your neck and pins your head beneath his well-muscle forearm. And he begins to play praying mantis poking down your spinal cord. I’m in pain. I yelled out acapella every time he fiddles with my upper body. And…

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80s arcade game: Aphasia

I knew about aphasia when I read it in neurologist Oliver Sacks’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for Hat having read it in high school.   But, really, aphasia is got to be a 80s arcade game. Serious.

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The Art of Being Broken

Kintsukuroi (“golden mend”) is the Japanese art of mending broken pottery using lacquer resin laced with gold or silver. As well as a nifty form of repair, kintsukuroi has a deeper philosophical significance. I have mended my body and my mind. Before, too along ago, I was captive for my crazymaker personas.  That was before my…

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Seisen Koane

The Student and the Seisen The student asked the Seisen, “how long will it take to be proficient at this martial art?” Seisen said to the student, “Ten years”. The student said, “If I practice really, really, really hard at your martial art then, how much will I be proficient?”   The Seisen thought about this…

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Zombie vs. People Who Had a Stroke

I wonder what a medieval gravedigger might feel if a stroke survivor who “woke up” from being in a coma inside his grave. Someone who talked in gibberish and crawled out of his grave to limp after the gravediggers who are running away. “Zombies” are in fact, stroke survivors who’s family piled them up top…

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