Stroke

October 25, 2018

Why FAST When You Can BEFAST? Spot a Stroke and Save a Life

By Robin Jones – Manager, Mission Stroke Program Strokes cause about 1 in 19 deaths in the US each year, making it the third leading cause of death for women and the fourth leading cause of death for men. Strokes are also a leading cause of serious long-term health conditions and disability in America. Catching […]

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October 18, 2018

Camp Bluebird — Celebrating 25 Years of Support for Cancer Survivors

For many, the words “summer camp” conjure great memories, and Mission Health’s Camp Bluebird is no exception. What makes Camp Bluebird unique is the campers – and the life-changing experience they share: a diagnosis of cancer. Sure, there’s tons of laughter, bonfires and even s’mores, but there are also reiki (healing touch therapy) sessions, Q&As […]

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July 3, 2018

Happy Campers – Special Retreat Offers Support for Stroke Survivors and Their Caregivers

Marylee Nunley, whose husband survived a stroke, realized her dream of starting a camp for stroke survivors and their families in 2004. What began as a single camp in Illinois has grown into Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp, a national network of stroke camps with the mission of improving the quality of life for stroke […]

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May 22, 2018

Heart Attack and Stroke – What’s the Connection?

Healthcare professionals often discuss heart attack and stroke in relation to one another. This is because the two conditions share a large number of risk factors, including coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries. This leads to reduced blood flow, which is a danger for both the heart and […]

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September 28, 2017

Sudden Silence – How Macon County’s Jeff Butler Found Expert Help after His Stroke

It started out as an ordinary January day in Jeff Butler’s income tax office in Clayton, Georgia. Then he tried to share a simple story with his wife. “I couldn’t find the words,” he recalled. Butler’s wife called his doctor, who urged them to get to the hospital immediately. When Butler reached the Angel Medical […]

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August 9, 2017

I Had a Stroke. Now What? – My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 12

So there’s the stroke, and then there’s life after having a stroke. Having a stroke is life-changing — for those who experience it and for the people in their lives. So, you or someone you know had a stroke. Now what? Rehab? Simple life changes? Maybe Stroke Camp? A stroke, or an attack on the […]

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July 11, 2017

My Healthy Life Podcast: Episode 11 – Recognizing a Stroke Could Mean Saving a Life

Do you know the signs and symptoms of a stroke? Could you recognize if you or someone around you was experiencing a stroke? What if we told you that knowing those key symptoms could mean saving a life – your own, or even someone else’s? Every six seconds, someone in the world is experiencing a […]

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May 30, 2017

Stroke Rehab – What to Know About the Next Steps After a Stroke

The best way to get better after a stroke is to start stroke rehabilitation (“rehab”). In stroke rehab, a team of health professionals works with you to regain skills you lost as the result of a stroke. Rehab can help you: Do as well as you can and be as independent as possible Learn to […]

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May 26, 2017

Stroke Symptoms – What to Know and How to Detect a Stroke

A stroke usually happens suddenly, but may occur over hours. For example, you may have mild weakness at first. Over time, you may not be able to move the arm and leg at all on one side of your body. If you have symptoms of a stroke, call 911 or other emergency services right away. […]

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July 11, 2016

Reclaim Your Life After Stroke – Recovery is a Journey, Not a Destination

Life after stroke can feel unpredictable. Families and survivors are grappling with questions, while trying to cope with changes in body, mind and spirit. Be comforted; there’s hope and help. “Stroke survivors are on a journey to recovery,” said Robin Jones, Mission Health stroke program manager. “And there is no set timetable for improvements.” Get […]

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