More than 800,000 people in the United States — 13.7 million worldwide — experience a stroke every year. In almost every conversation the Stroke Onward team has had with stroke survivors, their families, and professional caregivers, one experience seems incredibly consistent: virtually all of the guidance, information, and resources provided in recovery speaks only to their physical recovery. With little or no help to guide their emotional recovery, they are left to figure it out on their own — and many fail to do so.
Stroke Onward wants to change that by helping to create a stroke system of care that provides whole-person care. A critical first step is helping more people to understand how important it is to regularly and effectively address the emotional journey in recovery, enabling stroke survivors and carepartners to rebuild their identities and truly rewarding lives. We do this primarily through speaking engagements and writing, sharing both research-based information and powerful, personal perspectives on the importance of emotional recovery.