Sunday, October 24, 2010

New Posts

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Leonard Cohen "Anthem: Ring the bells that still can ring"


                       Forget your perfect offering
                      There is a crack in everything
                      That's how the light gets in

Published Jan 3/ 2013

It's Still Me

A delightful short film about living with aphasia created in cillaboration wiht The American Aphasia Institute and can be purchased at their website :

April 14/2013

Announcing The New Sunlife Patient and Resources Centre at Toronto Rehabiliation Hospital's University Site and The Ground Floor

October 6/2013

This summer, after a very busy year rolling out the TICC (Transition Improvement for Continuity of Care) initiative, in particular “Peers Fostering Hope” in various acute care and rehabilitation hospitals in Toronto ( see above); I decided to have a break from everything “strokie” (except for, of course living it). As usual the time has flashed by and this fall the TICC committee will be entering a new phase, evaluation of how the changes to stroke care are working.

Committee members will be fanning out across Toronto interviewing many different folks who are actively invested in stroke care. The interviews must be complete by October, so the results will in by late fall/early winter. I will keep you posted.

I have changed my last name back to my maiden name of Kenny, so my header should change shortly.

Happy Fall!

Marilyn Kenny

Oct 16/2013

Stroke Thrivers: Retraining the Brain


October 20/2013

Information on some Transportation Services in Toronto

Cutting back on Added Sugar

November 12/2013

Gardening Linked to Longer Lives

HIT Training

*Check with your doctor before trying any new exercise regime. A stress test might be indicated to evaluate whether you are fit enough to try "hit" training and can indicate which maximum heart rate is safe for you.

Remember to get your flu shot!

Nov 22/2013

 Eating Nuts Linked to Healthier, Longer Life

Nov 22/2013

Four Simple ways To Boost Your Energy 

Nov 22/2013

7 Ways to Boost Mental Health (and get a better sleep)

Nov 28/2013


We are excited to provide you with information about the new Waterloo-Wellington Regional Aphasia Program as part of the Integrated Care Pathway for Stroke. In cooperation with Adult Day Programs, this program offers conversation groups once a week at the following locations:
Guelph 2 sessions
Waterloo 2 sessions
Kitchener 3 sessions
Cambridge 3 sessions
Elmira 1 session
Erin 1 session
Fergus 1 session
6 sites and 13 sessions for PWA
I am pleased to have assisted in any way to make this happen.
And yes, The Expressive Cafe is still going strong and ready to start tha New Year on Jan/16/14.
If you need info or, email me and will sent you forms to register.
Frank Austin :D Co- Founder/Survivor 

Jan. 22/2014

Spread of Flu linked to Fever Medications

 More reasons to Go To the Hospital Immediately Upon Onset of Symptoms

March 1/2014

Magnesium is Important to Good Health

May 17/2014

 Potential New Treatment For Preventing Strokes 

Feb 3 /2015


Be very suspicious of new cure-alls, especially when unsupported by medical research-it may cost you dearly and they generally are coincidental in their effects (if not dangerous). In other words the patient may well have the same improvement (or better) in the same time period with traditional treatments like speech, physio. and occupational therapies. Much as anyone yearns for it, there are NO miracle cures despite slick advertising and impressive claims.


Feb 12/ 2015

New Procedure a "Major Breakthrough" in stroke treatment: Canadian Study

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Tips and Tricks

Available in the Sammons Preston Catalogue

I have tried to collect tips and tricks over the years both to help me cope with a one-handed life and to share with my peer support group who may express similar frustrations. It's my hope that together we can generate a comprehensive list on this blog. I will post a few tips that I have used and I hope that my readers will add a few of their own (or many!)so that other thriver's have a ready, easy access to help when they need it.


A great help in the kitchen. Usually a sheet of sticky plastic that provides a non-slip function.

Thriver’s Stories

I have been surprised to learn over the past few years how many different kinds of strokes there are, and how many ways a stroke can cause devastation. Surprising too are the brave and ingenious ways in which stroke thriver's have managed to overcome their loss and adjust to their "new norm". I hope you will share with us your story of change.


I recently met Donna Brown when she volunteered to help with peer support at Rumsey Neuro Rehab (TRI). Her story is an amazing one of bravery and determination. She greatly inspires me. She lost her speech 10 years ago and was told she many never speak again. As many stroke patients do with pessimistic 'one person fits all' advice, Donna was determined to prove her doctors wrong, and did she ever! Sometimes her speech falters and she gets frustrated, but her quick brain is ever finding circuitous routes to say what she needs to say. And the courage she displays to attempt conversation in such a verbal format as a peer support group is truly amazing. Donna says that she overcomes awkwardness in new situations, like approaching a sales clerk at a store, by saying: "I've had a stroke", so the clerk can understand that she may need more time or a different way to get her point across. She also gives speeches! Apparently she finds speaking much easier if she reads prepared lines. Donna is a bit worried about introducing herself when she runs her own group, so we are experimenting with index cards and poster boards. What we are not doing is imagining, even for a moment, that she can't do it. Here is her story.

Caregiver’s Forum

Stroke affects everyone in the stroke thriver's life. It's an equal opportunity disease. It only stands to reason that when one member of a family undergoes a major life change, the effects ripple over to those closest to them. In the case of stroke, it's more like a tsunami.Please consider this your say too.You can help others by providing tips for thriving in a post-stroke world,and sharing any insights you may have for creating and living the new norm.

My Story

Six years ago I suffered a left-sided lacunar stroke. I was just 52. At the time I was a busy registered nurse, mother of three, wife and avid gardener, and in the blink of an eye my world changed for ever.