The Online Newsletter of Stroke Life Society

"United In Pursuit Of Living And Helping Others"
November 2014
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New Support Groups................

We will be adding a new Aphasia Support Group to our meeting schedule.  It will meet at St. Frances de Chantal in Wantagh every second Tuesday at 11am.  First meeting will be on December 9th 2014.  We will also be adding a new Stroke Support Group in the Port Washington area.  Exact location, days and times to be announced.
Click Here For Current Support Meeting Schedule
Chuckles, Giggles and Belly Laughs....................

Get yourself in the right frame of mind for Thanksgiving & Christmas shopping by making a date for our forthcoming Comedy Night Fundraiser at the Governor's Club, Levittown. Stroke Life supporter Chris Monty & friends will be there to entertain us on Thursday November 6th at 6:30 for 8pm Show.   Click Here For Details 

Q. Where The Heck Is Oheka?.........................


A.  The second-largest inhabited home in the nation, Oheka Castle is in Huntington, NY. You and your 'significant other' have the chance of an overnight stay in luxury with a leisurely breakfast in our draw on November 6th. But you have to be in it to win it! 

Click Here For A Chance To Win

Miracle Save.................
Our Tara Funk pops-up most evenings on St. Francis Hospital's TV ad sharing her testimony for how they saved her life after having a torn aorta. 
Read About Her Miraculous Return To Life Here

 So WOMEN ARE From Venus??............
Women May Report Unique Stroke Symptoms:


-         Sudden palpitations

-         Sudden shortness of breath

-         Sudden face & limb pain

-         Sudden nausea

-         Sudden hiccups

-         Sudden shortness of breath

-         Sudden chest pain

All This Is In Addition To Symptoms Shared With The (Male) Martians

-         Facial droop; limb numbness/weakness, particularly on one side

-         Blurred or decreased vision in one or both eyes

-         Difficulty speaking or understanding

-         Severe abrupt headache

-         Dizziness, loss of balance & coordination

-         Difficulty swallowing


What Were We Talking About?........................

The final two Speaker Meetings of 2014 were held this month. Our good friend and major medical contributor to our website, Dr Richard Libman conducted his popular "Q&A Stroke Forum" at our Hicksville Community Center venue. A similar format was adopted by Dr Harry Schneider, a language specialist and research scientist. Speaking at Plainview, Dr Schneider shared the practical outcome of his research for the benefit of our aphasic members. He shared promising hope for effective restoration of speech function and comprehension through the use of transcranial direct current stimulation and novel language therapy.

Robots Too!.................

 Suddenly, we all know the name of Dr Bruce Volpe and Johanna Chang from the Feinstein Institute, Manhasset, not because they're robots (they're not!). Several members are extolling their virtues thanks to the benefits they have received from their robotics trial. If you too have weakness in an upper limb and wish to join the trial, please contact Johanna Chang. Tel: (516) 562-3646. Email:

Dr Volpe created interest in robotic therapy at a Speaker Meeting this year and will give us an update early in the New Year.

Holiday Breakfast and Trip to Radio City.......... 
Join us for this Special Holiday Event!!   
Monday December 1st 2014
Meet for Holiday Breakfast at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho at 10am.   
Bus will pick us up at 12pm and take us to Radio City to see the  
Christmas Spectacular.   
Bus will return back to Milleridge Inn at around 5pm. If you can't make the show, please join us for our Holiday Breakfast. 
Breakfast and Show (includes bus) - $110
Show only (includes bus) - $90
Breakfast only - $25
*** Tickets are Limited So RESERVE NOW ***
Email to make your reservation.
Please include all information ON THIS FORM in your email
Make check out to Stroke Life Society
Then mail check with completed form to:
Stroke Life Society
PO Box 735
East Meadow NY 11554

Survivor Spotlight..................

Name: Dan Malaszczyk
Age:  69 
Lives In: Wantagh, NY
Date of stroke:  September 17th 2010
Type of stroke:  Ischemic  
Initial Deficits:  Dizziness, Right-sided weakness, aphasia


"Captain Dan"
Dan had an ischemic stroke in September 2010. His day started off in a rather ordinary way but little would he know that day would change his entire life and make him understand how precious and fragile life really is. 'The event', as he likes to call it, seemed to come out of nowhere. One minute, he and his wife Maryann were planning a day of crabbing at Captree State Park and the next minute he felt disoriented - almost in a trance. He experienced all the classic signs of a stroke
  • Severe dizziness and the inability to stand
  • Numbness and loss of feeling on the right side of my body
  • Unable to speak. Ironically he was able to visualize what he wanted to say but just could not form the words.

For the first time in his life, he thought he was going to die, right there in his own living room.


In This Issue
New Support Groups
Comedy Night Fundraiser
Where The Heck Is Oheka?
Stroke Symptoms
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Support Group Locations
Featured Quote....

"Two kinds of Gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give." 
        ~ Edwin Arlington Robinson 

Stroke Life Support Group Meeting Locations:
Nassau County:
Hicksville, NY
Levittown, NY
New Hyde Park, NY
Plainview, NY
Seaford, NY
Wantagh, NY
Suffolk County: 
East Setauket, NY
West Islip, NY
 Bellerose, NY  


Please Note:
Their will be NO
Guest Speaker meetings for November and December.  Meetings will resume in January 2015.

Guest Speakers will be giving presentations on stroke related topics at our Hicksville location every fourth Wednesday of each month at 1pm

William Bennet Community Center
28 West Carl Street
Hicksville, NY 11801

All are Welcome!
Topics For 2015:

Dr. Volpe's Robotic Update

Hands On Physical Therapy Demonstration

Our Ever Popular Stroke Forum

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Stroke

Socialization and Stroke

Pain Management

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Join us every Friday for our weekly stroll on the boardwalk.

11am at Jones Beach, Field 6 


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