words from the author, Kathleen Jordan
Standing Up! My Story of Hope, Advocacy and Survival after Stroke is my account of the stroke that I suffered on 23 August 2011 and, more particularly, of my experiences and the lessons learned in the months and years that followed. It is based on my memories and those of my family who deputized for me in the early post-stroke months and whose extraordinary efforts undoubtedly changed the outcome for me.
I have learnt so much from my recovery — about life, about the way our thoughts can help or hinder our progress, and on the need to be open to a new life. My hope in writing Standing Up! is that the lessons that I have learnt will be relevant, useful and achievable for patients, their families and carers and also for policy makers and health professionals in the field of post trauma treatment and recovery.
‘The future is not some place we are going, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made. And the activity of making them changes both the maker and their destination.’
-John Schaar, University of California Santa Cruz