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Recovery from page 8
strokeassociation.org ), a division of the American Heart Association says there are common issues of which you need to be aware. These are just a few.

1. Review medications and side effects. Sometimes they need to be modified after a stroke.

2. Reduce risks. Survivors are at high risk of having another stroke. Focus on diet, exercise and get regular check-ups.

3. Recovery is a process. Most gains are made in the first few months but keep going. As mentioned above, it can continue for up to a couple years.

4. Measure progress. It’s a way to encourage the patient to keep going when they can see how much they’ve done.

5. Note changes in attitude and behavior. These are indications of a change in the patient’s health.

6. Depression is not unusual. Work with doctors and therapists to combat it as it can hinder recovery.

Many groups exist for stroke survivors, including, among others, Brain Injury Association of Maryland ( www.biamd.org ) and Stroke Survivor Fitness ( www.strokesurvivorfitness.com ). Don’t feel as if you’re alone, or that you have to do this by yourself. Spending time with others who have similar experiences can help improve your attitude, which, in turn, aids in recovery. It may take time, but the effort is worth it. •