Posttraumatic Growth – A Possible Light In The Aftermath Of Stroke

A recent article published by The Huffington Post Australia and written by stroke survivor David Roland, details how life after a traumatic event can – if the sufferer chooses it, become more positive. In the article, David Roland explains how the advent of his stroke made him question the bigger things in life, such as who he wanted to be and who he wanted to spend time with. David then went on further to explain that after the ‘dark years’ of questioning and healing had passed, he grew to appreciate the person he had become, rather than the person he was. The phenomena is known as ‘Posttraumatic Growth’ in which essentially the sufferer of a traumatic event becomes stronger and more positive as a result of the trauma. Roland finished off by explaining that now he’s learned to appreciate the simpler things in life that we all take for granted. For a link to this insightful article that would be of value to any stroke survivor reeling from a recent stroke, see the url below.

A New Frontier of Stroke Education

In February of 2016, the foundation entered into a new frontier of stroke prevention and awareness. Since 1998, the Foundation has been focused on educating an 18+ demographic, but February saw the Foundation entering into high schools to educate the youth on the dangers of America’s top five killer. For three straight weeks the SMART Staff of the RTH Stroke Foundation entered into Anaheim High School and educated a body of four hundred ninth grade students on stroke. The first week was a summation of stroke and what causes stroke, the second week was an interactive session where the students performed activities that would make them relate to stroke and understand it, and the third week consisted of video testimony of stroke survivors.

The program received and overwhelmingly positive response and the body of four hundred students are now well versed in stroke signs and symptoms, what leads to them, and how to prevent them. The SMART Program will be returning to Anaheim in March and April with the groundwork already laid out for sessions to continue during the next school year.

RTHSF And Partners Bring Rio Hondo Event Center to Max Occupancy

Our second seminar of the year which was conducted in partnership with the Downey Patriot, PIH, Rio Hondo Event Center, and USC, saw a record number of attendees. Around 200 people hungry for stroke information and screenings packed the venue and sat for the presentation given by Dr. Tara Dutta. Don’t miss out on our next big event. All of our seminars and screenings are offered at no charge to attendees. See the events calendar below for a list of upcoming seminars and sign up for one today.