Stroke Onward is pleased to provide book group discussion guides that we have developed in collaboration with academic and community partners. Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for people to create discussion groups that can help deepen and personalize the reading of Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves after Stroke.
Guides and other materials can help facilitators lead discussions with diverse populations interested in stroke recovery, identity, and how to navigate the emotional journey to rebuild rewarding lives after a brain injury or other significant medical issue.
Stroke Survivors: We developed an extensive chapter by chapter discussion guide for use by survivors and explicitly created to be accessible by people with aphasia. The materials may also benefit others facing similar challenges due to traumatic brain injury or illness. In addition to an instructional overview for facilitators, we have created and tested chapter support materials and Points of Reflection (questions), and also share a growing list of additional resources contributed by the community.
These materials are intended to be utilized in a well-supported group setting like support groups or book clubs run by skilled facilitators. Participant feedback has confirmed that reading the book has been valuable but that the opportunity to discuss it and engage with fellow survivors has been even more impactful. As one survivor who participated in our development process commented, the most meaningful part of the experience was, “Realizing that I am not alone.”