New book highlights stroke recovery and care at Boone Hospital Center

By WAQAS NAEEM

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

Imagine the blood supply to your brain being cut off. That’s what happens in a stroke. It could lead to anything from loss of speech to physical disability to even permanent brain damage.

Patients who survive a stroke – nicknamed “brain attack” by doctors – often have to go through an extensive rehabilitation process, depending upon how the stroke might have affected the brain. Nan Unklesbay is one such survivor.

In her new book, “Swimming Against the Tide: Strong Recovery from Stroke,” Unklesbay shares her story of how she went through post-stroke rehabilitation at the Boone Hospital Center in 2003.

Unklesbay will speak about her book at 9:30 a.m., Thursday in the Boone Hospital cafeteria.

Boone Hospital Center has a certified stroke team that uses latest technology and treatments for providing life saving stroke care. The team has got many accolades in the past, including American Heart Association’s Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers, according to a hospital newsletter.

Unklesbay is a food scientist. However, the stroke changed many things for her. After the stroke, she had to relearn almost everything, including reading, cooking and writing. Her book described that process.

“On average, every 40 seconds someone in the United States has a stroke”, according to a 2010 heart diseases report from the American Heart Association.

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