Stroke equipment by a stroke warrior

How to Put on the AlonTwig

Put on the AlonTwig elbow brace by yourself quickly and easily. It’s designed to be fully adjustable as it helps you manage tone (or spasticity) in your arm. It helps you flex tricep muscles by forcing your bicep muscles to lie low while it is worn. Start with the Twig unrolled on a flat surface…

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Failures means you’re getting better at it

Actually, crossing the plateau line for people, who had a stroke, to ‘stroke victim’ to ‘stroke survivor’ to ‘stroke warrior’ has become an adventurous journey. You have to shed your victimhood, say ‘goodbye’ to your doctors, therapists and caretakers’ nasty advices, be strong inside and on outside; which by the way, crumbling your numb adult…

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I Can’t Find My Pinkie

What’s it like to deal with hand paralysis? This morning, I can’t find my little pinkie in my brain’s map of location. Furthermore, I can’t find my four toes (the big toe is hard to miss).

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Are You a Carnivore?

A chicken dinner similar to one Alon would eat.

I began eating vegetarian at twelve years old. This lasted a time until I was 17 (5 years! Which is a long time for a teenager) and I rode the train through South French to Carnac-Plage up in Brittany. And, I became malnourished. I went to the restaurant and wolfed down a chicken. Several years…

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The Deer and the Pilot

A deer similar to the one on the runway.

This morning, I was flying to San Antonio (where my ex-wife & my lovely daughters dwell). The pilot came on to say that the reason we weren’t taking off was because the first-in-line plane hit a deer. Seriously. Why was the deer on the runaway? Do you know the “Far Side” by Gary Larson? And,…

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Before and After My Stroke

Alon Kaplan, founder of AlonTree Company, before and after his stroke.

Before I had the stroke, I cleaned, I gardened, I cooked and I did the laundry. I played with my daughters, I nursed them back to health, took them to school, picked them up from school (well, my ex-wife decided to go to chiropractor and she picked them up). I was the assistant director for my…

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My Sweet Spot

The sweet spot is directly under the big toe.

I wanted to hire an acrobat to be my coach to help with stroke rehabilitation. I was flipping through Instragram, that smartphone app that “is a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures.”  I found Cassie.  She was lying on the floor, balancing her adult student upon…

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I Had a Very Bad Setback

Alon struggled with a setback in stroke recovery while traveling. I had a very set back up, January 2nd, in NYC. My middle daughter and I went to the Met Museum.  My excited daughter and I did every rooms at the Met Museum. (Some twice!) The killer was the stairs. My affected ankle and foot collapsed…

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