|American Stroke Association's infographic|
There is GOOD NEWS about stroke!
According to the American Stroke Association's recent "infographic", (new word) stroke has dropped to the number 4 leading cause of death in the United States. (and by logical extension, the world)
I wonder if that means that we are getting better at saving the lives of persons effected by stroke. OR, we are getting better at preventing strokes in the first place. OR, there has been a dramatic change in one or more of the 3 OTHER leading causes of death.
Just be aware that when one shoe falls we automatically in our minds eye, think "wait for it". Wait for what? The OTHER shoe to fall, of course.
The BAD NEWS!
According to the same infographic stroke is the NUMBER ONE cause of long term disability in the United States. (and by logical extension, the world)
Just think about what that means to the 800,000 NEW people who are effected by stroke in the United States alone every year. (something like one a minute) Now, think about what that means to the 5,000.000 people who are living with disability after having survived a stroke in the United States alone.
Consider the cost to survivors, families, caregivers, health care professionals, communities, governments and tax payers to start with.
Isn't it time that we all learned more about stroke, how to prevent it, how to recover from it and how to be the best that our bodies will allow us to be after stroke.
Many people think that stroke is NOT preventable and that a productive "Life After Stroke" is impossible. Changing the way we think can FIX that. ANYTHING is possible when my ATTITUDE says, "I CAN"
Stroke survivor since 2002