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Have You Said Yes?

After making it through the hardest part of her recovery, Stroke Awareness Oregon co-founder Lawnae Hunter wanted to put together a book to encourage others going through the difficult reality of recovering from a stroke to bring them hope and encouragement in their darkest times.

In this one-of-a-kind collection of stories about surviving and thriving after stroke, people from all over the U.S. tell it like it is about the tragedies and triumphs they experienced after stroke. They speak with candor about their worst days, their grit and resilience, and the profound contentment and unexpected bursts of enthusiasm they feel for life today.

Just Say Yes To Life Book

KTVZ, News Channel 21 feature on Just Say “Yes” to Life!

CLICK HERE to read the article on, ‘Your life is not over’: New book on stroke awareness features 11 C. Oregonians’ stories of survival

Local Boyscout James Nelson completes his Eagle Scout project by organizing and distributing 2,500 mini-posters throughout Central Oregon, click here to read his story (in his words).

OPB features Geoff Babb, Bend’s inventor of AdvenChair.  Click here to read and listen to this inspiring story.

It was a pleasure to have Ted Baxter here in Central Oregon – if you missed any of his events, see a presentation HERE on Facebook or HERE on YouTube.

James Nelson Boy Scout

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Working Together for Stroke Victims

At St. Charles, we work hard every day in pursuit of our vision: creating America’s healthiest community, together.

That last word – together – is a key component of our work.

As Oregon’s leading health care organization east of the Cascades, St. Charles plays a major role in the health of the communities we serve. But we can’t do it alone. We need an engaged constituency made up of people who are interested in health issues – the kind of people who not only open an email from their local health system, but also read the latest update from the health system’s CEO. (Thank you for doing so, by the way.)

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Spotting Signs of Stroke to Save Husband

It was an early December morning in 2017, and Brett Kinnard was most of the way to Prineville for work when he realized something didn’t feel right. 

“It was bad,” the 32-year-old Bend man said late last month. “I drive my truck … and oh man … ow … ouch … big time … big time. And pain, and pain. Oh my gosh.”

And that’s where Brett’s streak of good luck started. Despite an intense headache and blurry vision, he was able to turn around and drive all the way back home. There, his wife Heather was home when she typically wouldn’t have been. She had dropped their children at daycare and stopped back by to grab something on the way to another appointment.

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microbes and stroke

Cleveland Clinic identifies connection between gut microbes and stroke

From HPNOnline, photo Edward Jenner from Pexels from orginal article

New findings from Cleveland Clinic researchers show for the first time that the gut microbiome impacts stroke severity and functional impairment following stroke, announced the clinic. The results, published in Cell Host & Microbe, lay the groundwork for potential new interventions to help treat or prevent stroke.

The research was led by Weifei Zhu, Ph.D., and Stanley Hazen, M.D., Ph.D., of Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute. The study builds on more than a decade of research spearheaded by Dr. Hazen and his team related to the gut microbiome’s role in cardiovascular health and disease, including the adverse effects of TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide) – a byproduct produced when gut bacteria digest certain nutrients abundant in red meat and other animal products. 

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Interesting Items

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