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After Stroke

By David M Hinds

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In this upbeat book, explore the science behind a stroke’s affect on brain cells and learn critical recovery tips for patients.

Synopsis

After Stroke is a motivational lifeline for all those recovering from a stroke – and their carers too – helping them to adjust to this new situation. David M Hinds, who has himself made a 100% recovery from a major stroke, has used many of the techniques he employed as a successful stress management consultant to create a warmly personal and practical step-by-step recovery plan.

If you’ve lived long enough, you know what it’s like to experience hardships. But perhaps none greater than a severe physical impairment, like from a stroke. Whether you’ve experienced it yourself or you’re caring for a loved one praying all hours of the night for their recovery, its physical, emotional and cognitive effects can be devastating for the sufferer as well as their loved ones, who are tirelessly doing everything in their power to nurse them back to health. 


More than one-third of stroke survivors know the agony of post-stroke depression. If there’s anyone who truly empathizes with this psychic pain, it’s David M. Hinds. Hinds — a former stress management consultant and a two-time stroke survivor who has also lived through two divorces — has a message for patients and caregivers touched by the soul-sucking, paralyzing torture that manifests from a stroke: “Everyone can overcome and see improvement, no matter what age you are.”


He writes this in his new book, “After Stroke,” a follow up to his acclaimed self-help book, “Beat Depression.” Though it may feel like you’re alone, you’re in good company. This hopeful book is a step-by-step guide to getting better for all survivors of this terrible disease that affects 15 million people every year. 


In the same fashion as any kind of recovery from an illness or injury – it’s a process. Hinds outlines patience, perseverance and positivity as the three P’s to getting well. Depending on the severity of the stroke, partial recovery, in the least, is possible, if not a full recovery.


Despite the emotional roller coaster experienced by the patient — anger, frustration, sadness, hopelessness — “the struggle to get better is well worth it,” he urges. This coming from a man whose stroke more than 20 years ago paralyzed one side of his body forcing him to wipe the drool from his mouth after he had temporarily lost control of his lips.


In this upbeat book with succinct chapters, Hinds provides sufferers and caregivers with an inside look into the science behind a stroke’s affect on brain cells as well as recovery tips for patients that include proper sleep positions, lifestyle changes, various holistic therapies such as aromatherapy, massage, meditation, relaxation techniques (think a mental exercise involving a beach paradise) and plenty of laughter.


Apart from using his own epic story as a prime example for recovery, Hinds also cites the case of actress Patricia Neal – whose stroke in 1965 from a brain aneurysm severely impaired her mobility and speech – shocked the media when, three years later, she proudly walked onstage at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.


Hinds’ words of wisdom that he attained from hardship coupled with his caring narration will make readers smile with every turn of the page. The reader will also learn useful tips on what Hinds hopes will be a long, productive, character-building road to a complete recovery. The stroke patient is, after all, “not a victim of the disease, but a survivor.” 


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A seasoned journalist and editor, I've written for the weekly division of the North Jersey Media Group covering municipal government to arts and entertainment. Currently, I serve as the editor of DiningOut New Jersey Magazine and a correspondent with TAPinto.net.

Synopsis

After Stroke is a motivational lifeline for all those recovering from a stroke – and their carers too – helping them to adjust to this new situation. David M Hinds, who has himself made a 100% recovery from a major stroke, has used many of the techniques he employed as a successful stress management consultant to create a warmly personal and practical step-by-step recovery plan.

You are never too old to recover


Great emergencies and crises show us how much greater our vital resources are than we had supposed —William James


You are never too old to recover from stroke: not everyone can make a complete recovery, but most of us, over time, can manage a major improvement in our condition.

The keys to a quality life after stroke are support, guidance, rehabilitation and, most important of all, the will to get well. For those of us who are alone in the world, the will to get well can be the deciding factor. The first ten days after stroke are the most cruel. After that, with adequate aftercare and the right attitude of mind, things can get progressively better.

Make no mistake, recovering from stroke is never easy. For some it will prove to be the toughest challenge of their lives but for the chance to win back our health, with all the rewards, opportunities, and treats that will accompany success, are we not willing to do whatever it takes to get well?

Just for a moment, let us suppose that the forthcoming struggle to recover our health will be an adventure, not an impossibility. In order to understand how and why, at almost any age, we have a phenomenal ability to recover from stroke, allow me to give you an insight to what is happening inside your brain. You may be reassured to discover that your brain is quite capable of navigating around the stroke-damaged areas of itself in much the same way that you might take a detour if your usual route home was blocked by an accident. Your brain has spare capacity for emergencies such as this.


EXPRESS RECOVERY TIP

Commit to the best possible recovery you can manage.

Damage by stroke occurs only in the brain. Nothing at all has happened to the muscles. They malfunction on one side of the body after stroke because they are not getting the usual messages for movement from the brain. With time, physiotherapy and perseverance, the stroke patient who survives the initial trauma can often recover lost or impaired faculties as the brain finds alternative pathways around the damaged areas.

I know only too well from my own experiences of recovering from two strokes that you must be feeling frustrated and frightened right now. A stroke defies definition in so many ways. No two strokes are the same. Suddenly, unexpectedly, your whole life implodes. The saddest thing about stroke is that your nearest and dearest can help you but they can’t enter into the struggle. No one but you can win.

Despite your misfortune, if you can somehow summon the will to read on, this book will hold your hand and guide you every step of the way through the marvels of your own recovery. The essential first step is to commit your heart and soul to recovery, the best possible recovery that you can manage.

About the author

London-born David M Hinds is a stress management consultant by profession and an award-winning business franchisor. His non-fiction works include four corporate stress management training manuals and two health/self-help titles. He lives with his wife, Tatiana, in Plymouth, Devon. view profile

Published on July 31, 2019

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Genre: Health & Wellbeing

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