May is American Stroke Month; April showers bring May flowers


VMH Stroke Support Group to meet Thursday, June 6 ... May is American Stroke Month. No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime. If you, or someone you know, have experienced a stroke and wish to find others with similar experiences, consider stopping into the Stroke Support Group at Veterans Memorial Hospital the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. Pictured are a few members of the group, planting seeds to represent the good things that come from the showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers. Submitted photo.

May is American Stroke Month.  There’s an old saying: April showers bring May flowers. “The showers are the bad things that happen to us in life and the flowers are the good things that come from it,” reflected Danny Schlitter at the most recent stroke support group. Last month the group learned about the importance of drinking water to keep bodies healthy. This month the group planted seeds to represent the good things that come from those showers in life; hence, April showers bring May flowers.

No two strokes are the same. They can affect either the left or right side of the body and can range from mild to severe. Someone with a mild stroke may only have trouble remembering words at times, whereas, someone with a severe stroke may have difficulty walking, talking, or swallowing safely.

Some strokes may only take a few months to recover while others could take a lifetime.

It is now known that it is possible to improve after a stroke. With therapy and lots of practice, stroke victims can re-learn or reorganize the brain connections that were damaged; this process is called neuroplasticity. Actually, working with plants can teach a lot about how the brain recovers after a stroke.

Those who have spent any time in the garden may have learned about pruning or cutting plants to make them grow better. In the same way that cutting a branch or stem causes more growth, the brain will regrow or rewire connections after an injury.

The stroke support group we is interested in learning how to regrow brains and make new, lasting, connections. Anyone who has experienced, or knows someone who has experienced, a stroke and wishes to find others with similar experiences, then consider stopping into the Stroke Support Group here at Veterans Memorial Hospital (VMH). The group meets the first Thursday of every month at 2 p.m. The next meeting of the Veterans Memorial Hospital Stroke Support Group will be June 6 at 2 p.m.