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My Gratitude and Our Necessary Work Ahead

 I’ve heard too many stories for too many years. My recovery gave me profound gratitude for the gift of life. My stroke also strengthened my voice and my resolve. I cannot remain silent as attempts are made to eviscerate The … Continue reading

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A Story of Courage, Grit and Love: Don’t Be Passive–Be Engaged

This could be just Bill’s story but his courage and determination are intertwined with the love and tenacity of his wife Kerri. He would not be alive without their mutual grit. Bill was a successful banker with a full life. … Continue reading

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Major Cost Variations Between Hospitals for Stroke Care

The Washington Health Alliance in Washington State just published a report on significant cost variations between hospitals for stroke care. While this data is only for Washington State it mirrors national practices:  http://wahealthalliance.org/new-report-on-hospital-sticker-prices-reveals-tremendous-variation-among-hospitals-for-similar-procedures-and-treatments/ This is one reason I intend to … Continue reading

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I Have No Business Being Alive, But I Am and I’m Back: Accountability

Today marks either the day I had my stroke or the day I fell  unconscious on the floor for  nearly three days before being rushed to Harborview.  EMT’s, Harborview and friends  saved my life. I am writing a book now … Continue reading

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My Recovery and the Road Ahead

Hello, I just learned this week that my outlook is exceptionally good.  My neurologist said I should have nearly a 100% recovery.  That said, I have to pace myself and not rush headlong into life, as I am prone to … Continue reading

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