Stroke Survivor A Story of Hope

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Press: Two Harbors Press (February 1, 2012)
Author Name:Kvernen, Rosella; Kvernen, Donald;


At age forty, a stroke ended Don Kvernen's career as a psychologist and left him with permanent physical and cognitive disabilities. 
Two decades later, he and his wife Rosella reveal the unvarnished truth about his struggles and share how he maintains meaning and joy in his life.
Due to Don's continued difficulty with language, Rosella is the primary storyteller, but Don's positive spirit and determination shine throughout the book.
The Kvernens describe their attempts to handle devastating circumstances and compensate for enormous losses.
Their account offers encouragement, hope, and insight to fellow stroke survivors and their families, as well as to their friends and healthcare providers.
With poignancy and humor, Stroke Survivor depicts the triumphs of Don's rehabilitation, along with the heartaches of their family's challenges.
Though Don has not made a full recovery, his optimistic attitude, his training, and Don and Rosella's mutual commitment to find ways to cope have helped them persevere.
Stroke Survivor is truly a story of ongoing healing and the power of hope.

About the Author

Although Don Kvernen earned a Ph.D., after his stroke he could not read or communicate effectively. 
When other reading therapy failed to help Don, a tutor for dyslexic students taught him with a unique method that helped him make strides toward reading again.
Don's stroke paralyzed half of his body and drastically altered his mind and identity.
However, the core of Don's former self remains and he continues to retain purpose in life.
His life inspires people around him.
Rosella Kvernen teams up with Don as his wife and care partner.
Even though Don's stroke affected every area of their lives, they have learned to go on.
Together they exemplify the fact that there IS life after stroke.


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Comment List (Total:3)

  •     I know the authors. I was their neighbor when Don had his stroke. This story is an honest account of what has happened with Don. I recommend it highly for reading by folks who have a friend or relative with brain injury. The path to independence is a life-long struggle that Don and Rosella have detailed openly. I think it is well written, clear, and in simple terms helps us all understand the problems that must be dealt with.
  •     very good
  •     I learned lots from this book about strokes and the information that families need to know at the time they are facing difficult and hard decisions. It's a book that will explain the process that Don Kvernen went through during his stroke, it actually gives the hope that is promised. This is a must read for brain injury families also. Kudos to Rosella & Don for putting into words what has been needed to have been said for a long time.

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