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Stroke Survivor


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Forewords by Robin Sieger and The Stroke Association. Introduction. Section 1: My Stroke. Stroke in context. My stroke in context. The first few days. The brain scan and confirmation of stroke. Religion finds me! Some tests to establish the cause. Meeting the Stroke Nurse. Returning home. Making progress at home. Lessons in psychology. Dogs and more therapy. Walking a new path. Section 2: What is a Stroke? An Introduction to Neuroscience. A route through the maze of information. What is a stroke? The brain - basic neuro-anatomy for the lay person. The blood supply to the brain -basic vessel anatomy for the lay person. A physiological warning of stroke -Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA). The onset of stroke. Why stroke occurs. The effects of stroke. How an individual can be affected having survived a stroke. The prognosis following stroke. Section 3: A Toolkit for Recovery and Prevention. Players to the game. What is the players to the game approach? Can alternative and complimentary therapies be used as players? How can the value of each player be assessed? The players I used. Other players. Section 4: Stroke Statistics. Using statistics. A global perspective. Australia. Canada. Europe. New Zealand. Southern Africa. United Kingdom. United States. Stroke warning statistics. Age related statistics. Gender related statistics. Ethically related statistics. Health and lifestyle related stroke related statistics. Funding and cost implications. Random facts. The future. Section 5: Financial Matters. Financial worries - an unavoidable situation in life. State benefits. Employment statutory sick pay (ESSP). Incapacity benefit. Private policies. Critical illness. Holiday Insurance. Planning ahead. Returning to work. Conclusion. A final word from Anne.

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Andy McCann shares advice and supportive information as he shares his journey through recovery; from devastating stroke at the age of 37, to 'Stroke Survivor'

About the Author

Andy McCann held the position of Assistant Headteacher at a secondary school in South Wales when he suffered his stroke. In addition to teaching physical education, he has competed internationally in karate and taught self-defence for many years. In 2002, he was awarded `Master Instructor of the Year' by an International Martial Arts Academy and was given an award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to martial arts in the UK. Since his stroke he has retired from teaching and is training as a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach. He lives in Cardiff, Wales, with his partner Anne.


The book is written in an informative yet enjoyable manner, being both humourous and poignant in parts. Although aimed primarily at stroke sufferers, their families and their carers, the book will also appeal to a wide range of professional staff involved in the management of stroke patients, particularly those staff who advocate 'true' patient-centred care which utilises a holistic approach to management that stretches beyond traditional hospital-based therapies. -- Pysiotherapy
This book is a compelling yet practical source of information that will be valued by professionals and patients alike - whether a fellow stroke survivor, a concerned family member or a health or social care professional working with stroke victims. -- Encephalitis Society
Having had a stroke aged 37 years, Andy McCann has written this clear, easily readable account of his experiences, showing insight and the value of his learning along his personal journey...This book would be invaluable for any health professional, including technicians and students, with any level of experience, to increase his or her knowledge and awareness of a patient's perspective, and would act as a useful departmental resource. Stroke survivors and carers would also benefit, particularly when needing to participate in a rehabilitation goal setting programme... this book is educational and motivational, and has an excellent practical section which could be an inspirational read for professionals, patients and carers.' -- British Journal of Occupational Therapy
I hope that reading this book has proved to be an uplifting, interesting and at times educational experience. It certainly was for me; I read it in 3 days, and at times could not put it down. -- The Acquirer (Acquired Brain Injury Newsletter), Andy
Andy McCann tells his own story of experiencing a sudden stroke at the age of 37. The book is both a personal story and a practical source of advice and information on the topic of stroke. Issues covered range from managing financial security and understanding medical terminology, to coming to terms with a new sense of vulnerability and dealing with the attitudes of friends and family. The book also offers advice on establishing a healthier and more balanced lifestyle in order to prevent strokes. -- Headway News
It is an inspirational, yet offers practical information for anyone concerned with the stroke recovery journey. Andy's personal story is poignant and informative. He presents an informed understanding of the anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of stroke. The book explains clearly the effects of the stroke and prognosis. There is also a toolkit for recovery, prevention and a useful section on financial matters. It is a great read. -- Nursing Standards
McCann, who was formerly a British physical education teacher until he suffered a cerebellar stroke at the age of 37, outlines the symptoms of brain damage as they relate to stroke in his own experience, and explains the anatomy of the brain and it's blood supply. The final section recommends medicines, physical activities, and nutrition for recovery and prevention. -- Book News
This is more than a persona guide to recovery after a stroke and more than a book about stroke. It is an extraordinary journey through a part of someone's life by an extraordinary person who not only sees himself as having survived a life changing illness, but someone who has gained from it. This book is a reminder of the fragility of life and all that we take for granted in our everyday lives and defines a way forward for those who find themselves in this, or similar circumstances and for those who want to enhance their knowledge of illness, prevention of illness and recovery...This book should be essential reading for survivors and those close to them, for relevant professionals and for those wanting to extend their knowledge about strokes and other illnesses which impact on an individual's life course. -- Brain Injury Social Work Group (BISWG)

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