Sunday, February 8, 2015

Book Offers New Hope

Before I begin this week's article:
This week I am presenting the video of the Strike Out Stroke event at the San Diego Padres baseball game because our next presenter attended our La Jolla, California stroke camp this year:  Click Here

By the way, if you liked that white Strike Out Stroke T-Shirt or baseball cap you saw in the video with the 

logo on the front you can get one at our SOS online store: Click Here. They may be out of 2014 stock right now but will be restocking soon for 2015. Keep checking.

Editor's Note: As many of you know by now, I very rarely plug products on this blog. However, this book by Anne Burleigh Jacobs comes very highly recommended by our own Executive Director, Marylee Nunley, who's husband is a stroke survivor. If you wish to get in touch with Marylee to get her opinion on this book, you can reach her at

Not only is Anne a great writer but she is also a stroke camp volunteer. She attended our first camp of 2015 in La Jolla, California last month. So, I welcome Anne to our family, and I will be posting some of her material in the near future. She also maintains a blog,
If you like her work or have any questions for her you may contact her at:

From Anne Burleigh Jacobs:
"I had the pleasure of attending Stroke Camp last week in La Jolla California.

I went as a volunteer and also to promote my new book, 'Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: a path to recovery from stroke.'


I can honestly say that I gained so much more than I gave! It was a weekend of laughter and camaraderie ~ a weekend of sharing and supporting ~ a weekend of gaining strength from each other. I met some amazing people and have so much respect for the stroke survivors and their loved ones who live each day with the struggles of stroke, and yet they turn those struggles into moments of inspiration and strength.

As anyone there can attest, I cry very easily. Sometimes I tell people that I have “dry eye” and that the lubricating tears are just a side effect of the disorder. Not true. I just cry easily. My daughter says it is because my heart sometimes brims over as tears. At stroke camp, I did not cry tears of sadness. Instead they were tears of release, of celebration for the strength of the human spirit.

Every day we hear about the pain and suffering and cruelty of our world. What I experienced was only love and respect. That is what we need to be shouting from the mountain tops. Not our differences, but our similarities ~ as people. From that we gain strength. Cheers to the Entire Team from “Stroke Camp”. You are everyday heroes !"

New book offers new hope for stroke survivors

Neurological expert shares how bionics/emerging technology

 impacts brain injuries

Stockton, CA – With decades of experience in neuroplasticity and emerging medical technologies, Anne Burleigh Jacobs, PT, PhD is convinced that better assisting stroke survivors begins with a change in attitude from the medical community.

Jacobs new book, “Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: a path to recovery from stroke” is an easy-to-understand guide to recovery after a stroke or brain injury. It challenges health care professionals who concentrate on helping patients to cope rather than understand their condition and explores breakthrough treatment options.

“The book provides hope and inspiration for continuum along the path of recovery,” Jacobs said. “Each step along the path is supported by basic science, concepts of neuroplasticity and the resilience of the human spirit.”

Topics discussed include but are not limited to warning signs of a stroke, emergency treatment of a stroke, potential of the brain and nervous system to reorganize and recover and lastly a variety of treatment techniques as well as mechanical, robotic, and bionic tools that Jacobs believes are the future of rehabilitation.

For more information please visit

“Highs, Lows, and Plateaus: A path to recovery from stroke”
By Anne Burleigh Jacobs, PT, PhD
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-4918-6231-5

Available by order at:,, and

Editor's Note: Remember, if you use, Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp will get a donation from Amazon. (near the bottom right of their screen is a search box. Enter "retreat & refresh", without the quote marks, and it should bring up our full name for you.)

About the Author 
Anne Burleigh Jacobs, PT, PhD earned her doctorate in Neuroscience and Physiology from the Oregon Health Sciences University in1995.Dr. Jacobs' research and clinical interests over the past 25 years have focused on the role of sensory and motor interactions for recovery of standing balance, ambulation, and reaching movements post neurological injury. Dr. Jacobs was a co-founder of the Peninsula Stroke Association (now Pacific Stroke Association) a non-profit organization dedicated to stroke prevention, support and advocacy. Currently, she specializes in post-stroke recovery through her private practice. Dr. Jacobs has lectured nationally and internationally on topics related to neuroscience, recovery of sensory-motor function, and motor learning.

If you wish to communicate with Ms. Burleigh Jacobs you may email her at this address:

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