Sunday, September 30, 2018


United Stroke Alliance in partnership with Medtronic is launching a new resource for Stroke Support Groups called The Booster Box. Included in the box is everything a leader needs to conduct a support group meeting for up to 24 attendees.

To receive your free Booster Box please call our office at 
309-688-5450 or email to request yours. 

Subscriptions will be available for purchase and information will be inside your free box.  

Show Me The Booster Box
The following is from Karen Jarnat a Stroke Survivor who is allowing us to share her personal story.
Karen Jarnat  |  Stroke Survivor 

January 4, 2015, a day that has forever changed MY life and the lives of my family. 

It started out to be a “normal” day. I had decided to work over time as my husband and I had panned to go to Arizona in three months to watch our beloved Chicago White Sox during Spring Training. I had been at work less than a ½ hour when I, a relatively healthy 41 year old woman, suffered a right side hemorrhagic stroke. I was taken to the closest hospital, stabilized, and then transferred to the Stroke Center at a leading hospital in the heart of Dallas, Texas.  After two weeks of testing and making sure I wasn’t in immediate danger for subsequent strokes, I began my in-patient rehabilitation. 

Since the initial shock of having the Stroke was gone and the psychological impact was beginning to set in, the Doctors told my husband to bring something from home that could bring me comfort. This item or items could be family photos or pajamas or even the pillow I use from our bed. Without any discussion, my husband brought me my favorite blanket – MY CHICAGO WHITE SOX blanket!!  This move left some staff members stunned. 

The stroke I suffered left me with significant left side physical deficits, it also left me with cognitive deficiencies and memory issues. Since I was getting physical therapy, my husband began talking to me about baseball. As an older couple that just found true love in each other, we had two thing we loved to do – traveling and watching sports!! My husband and I would spend time on my hospital bed talking about the rules of baseball and the CHICAGO WHITE SOX, our favorite team.  We didn’t make it to Spring Training that year. But because of all our hospital talks, I was ready to watch the upcoming season from home! YES, home. 29 days later I was going home.. I'm not saying it was easy. 

Albeit with my leg brace and cane, we still make it to a few games in person both in Dallas and Chicago. Sometimes we have to  just have to watch from home. 

I still have many bad days. Days that prohibit me from doing things physically and days I'm just down and days I have trouble with my memory. On those days, we circle back to stories and talks about the CHICAGO WHITE SOX.  

Through my recovery, I have lost a lot friends. Whether be because life changes or because of my limited ability to do things socially and some because they can’t cope with seeing me change. One thing's for sure. The CHICAGO WHITE SOX have NEVER, NEVER turned their back on me!! They will always be important to me, as our team. But for me, they were and are important in my recovery!! 


No comments:

Post a Comment

We would like to hear what you think of our articles and welcome your input. For your safety, all comments will be reviewed by the moderator before being posted. Please know that comments containing links to other sites or email addresses have typically been spam, so, and I apologize, comments containing those will be monitored closely and may not be accepted.