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.
Written to give solace to current stroke survivors, the 26 stories in Just Say “Yes” to Life! detail how these survivors coped, and which therapies helped them most. Readers will be inspired by a teenager who rebounded well enough to enroll in college a few years after his stroke, a physician who reinvented herself as a writer and performer, and a forester who created a chair the world’s never seen before, one that allows those who use wheelchairs to navigate rugged wilderness terrain.
Authentic, vulnerable, and brave, the tales give stroke survivors, and those who love them, hope for the best possible recovery, and encourage them to never give up!
“While suffering a stroke is a devastating, life-altering event that many patients initially imagine to be worse than dying, Just Say “Yes” to Life! is an uplifting book that teaches important lessons. I would recommend this as required reading for all stroke patients who wish to regain meaning and happiness in their lives” —Gary K. Steinberg, M.D., Ph.D., Bernard and Ronni Lacroute-William Randolph Hearst Professor of Neurosurgery and the Neurosciences, Founder and Co-Director, Stanford Stroke Center, Former Chair (1995-2020), Department of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
“Just Say “Yes” to Life! is a valuable and much needed resource which provides an uplifting message of recovery and perseverance after stroke. Just Say “Yes” to Life! is also important reading for medical professionals as an eloquent and meaningful reminder of the stroke recovery journey.” —Kara Flavin, M.D., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
“Emotional recovery is an important but often overlooked aspect of stroke recovery.” —Maarten G. Lansberg, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Stanford University Stroke Research Fellowship, Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
“Just Say “Yes” to Life! talks about perseverance, difficult trials, and other real life stories that will motivate you to continue your life journey.” —Neil Lomax, NFL QB St. Louis/Arizona Cardinals, 1981-90, All-American at Portland State University, 1979-80, coach, husband, father, and grandfather