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Bill Proko: Take Charge!

He came at me while I was asleep. Only a coward goes after someone when they’re asleep. And make no mistake about it, the Angel of Death is a gutless coward. You never know when he’ll strike – that’s his edge. And when he left that night, he had robbed me of half my body, a forceful stride, a livelihood and had poked a hole in the right side of my brain the size of a quarter. But in his ...

A Cause for Celebration

Strange how life can change.  Two weeks before the stroke, I was in Maui with my son, Stephen.  Less than one week before the stroke, I had a birthday party at my house, being 53 years old. Pictured is me in Hawaii right before my stroke.  As you can tell, I was not too overweight, and I didn't smoke or use drugs.  Thankfully, I didn't have my stroke on vacation! Then, the stroke hit.  It was January 24, 2012. It ...

2020 Sponsored Athletes!

Gwen Myslinski: stroke survivor and triathlete! John Lummis: stroke survivor and runner! Denae DuCharme: stroke survivor and bowler! Know someone who would like be a sponsored athlete?  Write to for more information!  No, you don't have to be world class.  Yes, you have to a stroke survivor! If this blogs touches you, won't to please consider to make a donation to Stroke Survivors CAN!, a nonprofit devoted to helping stroke survivors find hope and empowerment.  Your contribution helps this ...
Gwen Myslinski

Gwen Myslinski-Finding the will, then a way!

Prior to February 24, 2012 if you were going to pick someone who appeared least likely to be a candidate for a stroke Gwen Myslinski would have been a very good pick. A lifetime of sports and high level athletic competition endowed her with strength, vigor, cardiovascular conditioning and health. Plus, Gwen had a wealth of knowledge on stroke prevention. She had taught women about stroke and heart disease risk factors in an outreach program. Her knowledge had actually saved ...

Speaking at 2019 Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference in April

My first public speaking presentation. I was sooo nervous! I thought I was speaking fast but on review, I was talking fast for me, but not to others, no thanks to aphasia.  But aphasia or not, I’m ready to offer hope for stroke survivors!  Stroke Survivors CAN! The first half of the presentation was cut off. I would love to speak to your group or function! Boise, ID, USA

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