Episode 044 -- Meet CEO Lana Malovana and Raccoon.Recovery

Raccoon.Recovery device on handI'm sure you're shocked to know that I love technology. And it's not just because I've spent a career in the industry. It's because these tools have the power to change lives. It's one reason I was thrilled to talk to Lana Malovana, the CEO of European Startup Raccoon.Recovery about their device and platform to support stroke recovery through video games.

Raccoon Recovery originally made controllers for video games and VR. The genesis for the controller we talk about today was in 2016 when one of their engineers injured his hand and couldn't do his regular work. He moved to a testing role and his PT was blown away by the progress he made by using the controller at work. Raccoon made the pivot to rehab devices following meetings at TechCrunch in 2017. Lana will tell us more about that story.

Another point we talk about is one that comes up here when we talk about therapy goal, or on my other podcast, 2-Minute Talk Tips, where we talk about benefits. Effective therapy isn't about achieving a certain level of motion or degree of rotation with patients. It's about empowering patients to do something with that motion -- to get the benefit from it. To drink from a glass of water, buckle a seatbelt, draw a sword, or play a game.

One of my OTs frequently reminded me that neuroplasticity is great, and making those neuroplastic connections will ultimately require thousands of repetition. Thousands.

And video games make those thousands of repetitions possible.

The big thing that's happening among the tech gear I've talked about on the show, like the NeoFect Rapael Smart Glove and the blood pressure monitoring solution from Sentinel Healthcare, is that it's not about the Device itself. It's about the platform. It's about communicating more effectively with a care team. It's about using the data the device generates and collects to help the medical team make more effective recommendations to the patient, and to pool data in such a way that machine learning algorithms can drive even better treatment in the future.

Raccoon Recovery Device to Tablet illustration

It's now December 2018 and Raccoon Recovery's device is going through testing and validation. They hope to have it on the market next year.


Svitlana Malovana HeadsgotSvitlana Malovana is a co-founder of Raccoon.World and an IT and robotics enthusiast with more than 6 years of experience in company scale up and management.

She is also the founder of Olans Group, the first startup-oriented legal & business consulting company in Ukraine. While being CEO and a practical lawyer at Olans Group, Lana dealt with medical companies including ArtoMed and Cardiomo as well as hardware and software startups like Arqa Technologies, Paybeam, PRODBOARD, and SmartSport, in the Ukrainian, EU and USA markets.

Lana studied the details of emerging businesses and, being a huge fan of technologies, founded Raccoon.World.

As an enthusiast of returning people with disabilities to society, Lana studied the ways of psycho emotional and physical rehabilitation for people with disabilities during the international Zwischenland course by Deutch-Polnisches Jugenwerk.

When the anti-terrorist operation in Ukraine began, she voluntarily provided legal services for the “Return alive!” Public Organization and Handicap Foundations that were engaged in fundraising, the supply of medicines, and the recovery of people after returning home.

Lana is an alumni of numerous business programs, including YC School, SABIT, Crowd Inc. and the Startupbootcamp Digital Health (Berlin) Accelerator.

Combining strong entrepreneurial skills, deep knowledge in emerging business management, and knowledge about rehabilitation for people with disabilities, Lana initiated and headed the new pivot for Raccoon.World – gaming solution to rehabilitation with Raccoon.Recovery.


Hack of the Week

One thing that can be tough is putting on a belt. Reaching all the way to my affected side belt loops with my strong arm while trying to not knock myself over and balance appropriately while standing is tough. If I was still in a wheel chair it would have been even harder.

The solution I landed on was inspired by JC Penney trousers I got in the 80s. They came with a belt already threaded! My reaction at the time was "Cool! Free belt!"

The trick to putting on a belt now with hemiparesis is to thread the belt through the belt loops before I put on the pants. It's a simple solution, but it works.


Lana Malovana on Twitter


Lana Malovana on LinkedIn


Lana Malovana on Facebook


Raccoon Recovery


Raccoon Recovery on Facebook


Raccoon Recovery on LinkedIn


Raccoon Recovery on Twitter


Raccoon Recovery Email


World Health Organization (WHO)


WHO on Stroke


Where do we go from here?

  • Checkout Raccoon.Revery to learn more about their rehab solution, and reach out to Raccoon Recovery via social media or email with any questions you might have. You can find those links above.
  • Do you know anyone with an interest in technology, startups, or rehab? Share this episode with them by encouraging them to visit http://strokecast.com/raccoon
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  • Don't get best…get better



Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 091 -- Describe your Audience and Meet Phillip Andrew


2-Minute Tip: Describe your Audience


Back in 2008,  Best Buy described 4 personae who represented their target customers. The even started designing different stores to appeal to Buzz, Barry, Ray, or Jill. They had detailed descriptions for theses archetypes.


I'm not sure if it's the best approach for a big-box retailer, but it can help your talks.


It's important to understand your target audience. Start by describing the one person you wan to reach. Who are they? What do they do? What do they wear? Where do they work? What is family like? Why do they need to hear your message? What will happen to them if they don't heed your call to action?


This exercise provides a useful framework for understanding your audience and tuning to message to maximize it's effectiveness. After all, it's hard to tell a story when you don't know who you're telling it to.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Phillip Andrew


Phillip Andrew is a speaker and TV producer with a special interest in the youth market. And he is a delight to talk to. I wanted go even deeper into a whole bunch of areas, but this would have been a 5 hour episode.


As it is we covered topics as far ranging as:

  • The impact of YouTube on speakers
  • The variety of kids a speaker must address
  • And the value The value of coaching


Plus, did you ever wonder what a TV producer does? Phillip Tells us.


Overall, Phillip is just an engaging conversationalist who brings tremendous energy to everything he does.


Phillip Andrew headsot

Phillip Andrew is a speaker, author, media coach, Emmy-Nominated TV producer, DJ and more. Based in Los Angeles, he travels around the country educating and encouraging High School and College Students through high energy entertainment and unforgettable storytelling. He's passionate about educating, entertaining, and connecting with people in a way that encourages, empowers, and provokes insight.


He began drinking at age 11 and lost his mother in High School. Today, he lives a life in recovery, speaking with kids about overcoming addiction, surviving the loss of a parent, and how learning to take ownership over his life and became a catalyst for the positive change that helped him create a life he is proud of today.






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Episode 043 -- Telemedicine and Sentinel Healthcare


Tracking Blood Pressure

After my stroke (and before my stroke, too) I'm supposed to monitor my blood pressure regularly. That means I have to:

  • Put the cuff on my arm
  • Relax while it reads the data
  • Record the data on my log
  • Print off my log when I go see the doctor every few months

Seems simple, right?

Well here's where it gets complicated.

Because my left arm was affected by the stroke, I can't get reliable blood pressure there. Tone, spasticity, occasional edema, lack of use, and variable circulation mean the results are less accurate.

That means, I have to put the cuff on my right arm to get a reading. Have you ever tried to scratch your right elbow with your right hand? Yeah. You can see the challenge.

As I've gotten a little more left arm use back, I can kind of get the cuff in place by also using my teeth. That involves frustration, effort, and all sorts of movement. You know what that does? Yup. It raises my blood pressure.

When The GF is around, she can place the cuff which helps.

Of course that's best in the summer. In the winter, I'm wearing fleece or sweaters. And I don't want to take them off. So now I'm less likely to take a reading.

When I do take a reading during the day and log it, great. That data may be helpful in another 6 months.

But what if there was a better way?

Sentinel Healthcare

Long time listeners will be happy to welcome neurologist and Sentinel Healthcare CEO Dr. Nirav Shah back to the show. Nirav and Sentinel have that better way.

In Sentinel's solution, a patient uses a highly accurate wrist cuff blood pressure reader to take a reading, which transmits via Bluetooth to their iPhone and into a secure platform that gets that data to the care team. It solves the problems above while creating a bigger data-set to provide better care for the patient.

This week, I talk with Nirav about telemedicine in general and about what he and Sentinel are doing to pair telemedicine with blood pressure management to help patients receive better care while making it easy to comply with doctors' post-hospital instructions


Dr. Nirav H Shah HeadshotDr. Nirav H. Shah is a fellowship trained neurologist and sub-specialist in cerebrovascular and stroke medicine with board certifications in: neurology, stroke medicine, carotid neurosonology, transcranial doppler ultrasound, and neuroimaging.

He is a practicing neurohospitalist and served as the stroke medical director at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Academically, he is interested in emergent and critical care neurology research and is an associate editor for The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal. He enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating on publications and conference presentations.

Outside of clinical care Dr Shah is collaborating with experts to develop scalable technologies capable of ameliorating healthcare’s challenges. He consults with startups and investors to develop technologies and devices so that one day they are available to his patients. He has worked with companies to meet FDA regulations for approval as well as to help them understand the provider perspective of product-market fit.

Dr. Shah is also the CEO and Founder of Sentinel Healthcare. He is also a passionate traveler and photographer.


Sentinel Healthcare


Sentinel Healthcare launches platform to fill gaps between IoT devices and doctors' offices




Hypertension costly to patients, society


Apple unveils Watch Series 4 with FDA-approved ECG


Nirav’s previous appearances


Nirav on Stem Cells and Stroke Recovery


Nirav  on LinkedIn


Nirav at Swedish


Nirav on Twitter


The Neurohospitalist


Nirav’s Photography


Hack of the Week -- Bring Joy to your Rehab Team

As a survivor, do you like the work your inpatient team did? Did they help you walk or eat or speak again? If you haven't talked with them since leaving the hospital, the Holiday season is a great time to send a note or card.

Once patients leave their care, most inpatient OT, PT, Speech Therapists, and others never hear more. If you want to brighten their day send an email or physical note, or visit the rehab unit them how you're doing. They love to hear from their alumni and to celebrate the progress you've made.

A card or note is a simple, low cost gift for the Holiday (or really any) season.

Where do we go from here?

  • Check out Sentinel Healthcare's website to learn more about the product and solution 
  • Send a message to your rehab team and let them know how you're doing
  • Subscribe to Strokecast for free in your favorite podcast app so you never miss an episode
  • Don't get best…get better


Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 090 -- Get on Stage and Meet Donnie Boivin


2-Minute Tip: Get on Stage More


Ultimately, the most important way to get better as a speaker is to speak more. Find more stages and get on them. Reach out to local clubs and service organizations who are always looking for speakers in your community. Theses gigs may not pay anything, but especially when you're starting out as a professional speaker, you need to get in the stage time. And then you need repeat that. Get more stage time to refine your craft and develop your skills.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Success Coach Donnie Boivin


My conversation with Donnie covered a huge range of topics, including things like defining success, the power of having a podcast, and how to treat chickens with birth defects. What really comes through is the intense, joyful energy Donnie brings to everything that he does. It's a bit of a long episode because every time I thought about cutting something, that conversation would quickly veer into a delightful or fascinating area.


I think many of the things Donnie said will be bouncing around in my skull for some time to come.


On a slight tangent, Donnie mentions Napoleon Hill's book, Think and Grow Rich. It's also a book I heard come up on the Pure Mind Magic Podcast and the Cliff Ravenscraft Show on episodes I listened to over the past week. I think I heard it mentioned on another podcast, too. I guess that's the universe's way of telling me it's time to read it. To the library!

Donnie Boivin headshot

But back to Donnie



Donnie Boivin is a former Marine turned sales rep turned National Sales Trainer Turned speaker podcaster, and success coach. He challenges success minded people,  and entrepreneurs to tackle their fears and find success that they know is there.. His no-nonsense "Jarhead Gentle" style inspires people to take action and grow.  Combining his story with those of everyday people who have faced challenges in life, he helps audiences reach their goals.


He coaches speakers, entrepreneurs, and more to reach success however they define it. In his podcast, Donnie's Success Champions, he celebrates Ordinary People, Entrepreneurs, Veterans, First Responders, Business Owners and visionaries that have a story to tell. These champions are pure awesome plain and simple.




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Donnie's Success Champs Website


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Chickens Chickens Chickens


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  • Be sure to check out donnieboivin.com to learn more about Donnie and how you can work with him. 
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Episode 042 -- Meet Dr. Dileep Yavagal

In Episode 035 back in October, I talk with Dr. Nirav Shah about the general state of stem cell therapy for stroke survivors. Afterwards, Nirav connected me with the lead researcher on the University of Miami's stem cell research team, Dr. Dileep Yavagal so I could talk to him about his research. That brings us to today's episode.

Dr. Yavagal specializes in vascular neurosurgery. That includes procedures like thrombectomy, where a doctor inserts a catheter into a blood vessel in the groin to go up into the brain a pull out the clot. Mechanical thrombectomy can be done up to 24 hours after stroke symptoms begin, and it can have a tremendous impact on minimizing the damage from an ischemic stroke.

What it doesn't do today is help patients recover from stroke. It means fewer brain cells die, but the dead and damaged ones don't get any help. When we say time is tissue or time is brain, this is why. Every minute that a clot blocks a vessel, more brain dies. To recover functionality today, we rely on neuroplasticity. PT, OT, Speech therapy, home exercises, eStim, SSRIs, acupuncture, and more therapies are all about encouraging the brain to rewire in such a way that we can work around that dead spot in our heads.

But what if there was another way?

That's the question stem cell therapy tries to answer.

Stem cells, as you may recall from my chat with Nirav, are cells that can become other cells. Embryonic stem cell are the ones we here about in the news, but not the ones used in the trials today. These are critical in embryos because those stem cells turn into all the other cells in our bodies -- nerves, muscle, brain, heart, left pinky, etc.

Adults have stem cells, too. The most common source is our bone marrow -- the soft tissue inside our bones where the body actually creates blood. Research is now looking at how we can use the stem cells to drive the growth of fresh neurons in the brain.

There are two major approaches in the research, today. The Stanford study demonstrated the safety of its procedure in a small study, but more work is being done to test the effectiveness. That process focused on chronic stroke survivors -- those several years post stroke. In that study, researches a hole in the skull to inject the patient's own stem cells into the damaged area. Results are preliminary, but promising.

Dr. Yavagal's work at the University of Miami is different in several ways. First, his work is focused on using stem cell therapy within the first day or two of the onset of symptoms. Secondly, his work relies on donor stem cells since the patient's own stem cells are not available in quantity right after the stroke. Third, his procedure involves delivering the cells to the brain through a catheter, similar to that used during thrombectomy or used to repair an aneurysm. His results are also quite prom, and he's preparing the next phase of study to move the science along and develop safe, effective treatments.

The key question we always ask is, "When will this therapy be available?"

The answer is we are not there today, despite the clinics popping up claiming to offer the therapy. However, it appears we are 2-3 years out if things go well, or potentially 4-5 years out if they don't.

In addition to his work with stem cells, Dr. Yavagal is also one of the leaders of the Thrombectomy 2020 program -- an international initiative to reach 202,000 thrombectomies a year by 2020 and to continue doubling after that. There are communities in the US and around the world where this therapy is simple not available, and yet it can be such an extremely powerful way of reducing the disability caused by stroke, saving hundreds of thousands of people from having to deal with the deficits of stroke and saving billions of dollars in healthcare and disability expenses. We'll talk more about Thrombectomy 2020 in a future episode.

Who is Dr. Dileep Yavagal?

Dr. Yavagal headshotDr. Dileep R. Yavagal, MD, FAHA, FAAN, FSVIN is the Director of Interventional Neurology and Co-Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery at the University of Miami & Jackson Memorial Hospitals and Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He has recently been appointed to lead the Neurological Cell Therapy Platform at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute at the University.

Dr. Yavagal is an international thought leader in endovascular therapy for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke as well as a pioneer in the translation of intra-arterial delivery of cell therapy for stroke. He was the national Co-PI of the first US multicenter clinical trial of Intra-arterial delivery of autologous bone marrow stem cells for ischemic stroke: RECOVER Stroke. He was on the on the steering committee of the SWIFT-Prime and MR RESCUE, both landmark randomized clinical trials of endovascular stroke therapy. He co-authored the landmark 2015 AHA Endovascular Stroke Therapy Guidelines as well as the recent groundbreaking DAWN stroke trial in the New England Journal of Medicine. He is the founder and Past-President of the Society for Vascular and Interventional Neurology (SVIN). He has also co-authored the AHA Policy statement on Stroke Systems of Care.

Dr. Yavagal has received several state and federal research grants to study endovascular stem cell therapies for ischemic stroke using small and large animal models of stroke in his research laboratory. He is considered a pioneering researcher the field of intra-arterial delivery of stem cells in stroke therapy.

Hack of the Week

As we head into the gift giving season, we have to start thinking about how to wrap presents. Wrapping paper is great when you have 2 functional hands or you use some sort of gift-wrapping service. If you have just one functional hand, it can be more challenging. You can find videos on YouTube demonstrating one-handed techniques, but I prefer the simpler way.

Gift Bags!

Seriously, make it easy on yourself and uses theses fancy mini shopping bags. Add some tissue paper to the bag, put the gift in, the lightly crumble some more tissue paper to put on top. Then you're done. If you're feeling really ambitious, you can tie the handles together with ribbon.


Dileep Yavagal on Twitter


University of Miami Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute


University of Miami Department of Neurology


Stem Cells: A Breakthrough in Stroke Treatment?


SWIFT-Prime study


Thrombectomy 2020


Dr. Seth Finklestein


Stroke Episode 035 — Stem Cell Therapy and Stroke Recovery


Strokecast Episode 040 — Meet Dr. Kimberly Brown


Clinical Trials




Stanford Stem Cell Study Announcement


Where do we go from here?


Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 089 -- Practice in the Mirror and Meet Andrew "Mecha" Davis

2-Minute Tip: Practice in a Mirror


The key to success on stage is to practice as much as you can. Prep by using a mirror to give yourself an audience to impress. And often the person in the mirror is the toughest to impress.


Practice with your notes at first, and get good enough so you don't need them. Once you don't need your notes, that means you're protected against something going wrong. When it's time to

actually present, though, have your notes available to give yourself that extra little bit of confidence



Post Tip discussion: Meet Andrew "Mecha" Davis


PopAnimeComisc Lounge LogoAndrew "Mecha" Davis is a regular at anime cons around the country. He initially fell in love with the genre well before he was 10 years old and it stuck with him into adulthood. He's turned his passion for these multi-faceted Japanese cartoons into a series of presentations at fan conventions, a YouTube Channel, a podcast, a website, and the PopAnimeComics brand. Along the way he added interests in wrestling, comic book investing, Cos-players, and Funko Pops.


This week, Andrew and I talk about the genre of Anime and what it takes to construct a good presentation for a fan convention.


I think my favorite take away from the discussion is that if you want to speak at a con, the process is as "simple" as choosing a topic that appeals to you,. Build it out, and submit it according to the con's guidelines. The cons have a lot of presentation and panel slots to fill and are always looking for great content to fill time.


Not sure what you want to talk about? Make a list of things you love and geek out over. Then look at that list and figure out what 2 or 3 of them have in common. Now you have an idea that could make a good pane topic. Flesh out those common threads and pursue that opportunity to be on stage.


And when you get accepted (of course) do the work, do the prep, and do the practice to wow the audience.


And if the topic doesn't get accepted for whatever reason, try submitting it to another con. Or two. Or 3. Or more. Or turn all your work into a blog post, medium article, or YouTube video.


Do what it takes to share your passion with the world.




PopAnimeComics Website


PopAnimeComics on Facebook


PopAnimeComics on Twitter


PopAnimeComics Podcast on Apple Podcasts


PopAnimeComics on Instagram


PopAnimeComics on YouTube


Grave of the Fireflies


Outlaw Star


Gundam Wing




Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex


Catie Harris Episode


Anime Boston




Bill Maher on Stan Lee comments






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  • Be sure to check out the various PopAnimeComics online properties in the links above
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Episode 041 -- Holiday Tips for Stroke Survivors

The Holiday season can be awesome. Or it can be stressful. Or it can be both. This week, I have 10 Holiday Tips for Stroke Survivors

Travel Tips:

  • Ship luggage on ahead
  • Request wheelchair assistance at the airport
  • Travel with prescriptions in their original bottle -- especially if you're travelling internationally.

Kitchen Tips:

  • Mise en place -- prep everything in advance and have everything in its place
  • Use adaptive gear like one-handed can openers and under the counter jar openers
  • Use paper based checklists for complex items and procedures

Friends, Family, and Social Tips

  • Be careful with alcohol -- drinking can make stroke deficits more prominent
  • Communicate your limits
  • Use gift wrapping services from Amazon or other retailers when you do your shopping

Finally, the big tip is:

  • Know your own limits. When fatigue hits, take a nap. When a crowd gets overwhelming, step away to a quiet place. Be good to yourself so you can enjoy the season.

And, of course, don't get best...get better.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 088 --Thank Your Host and Tips for Speakers at During the Holidays

2-Minute Tip: Thank your Hosts


Putting together an event is a lot of work. Sometimes even putting together a short internal company meeting is a lot of work. Coordinating peoples' schedules and even finding an available conference room is way more complicated than it ought to be. So thank your host for inviting you. They took care of logistics and are giving you the audience's most valuable assets -- its time and attention.


So thank the host after the event. Send them a note letting them know you appreciate the work they've done. It may even make it more likely you'll be invited back. Everyone likes to be appreciated.


Post Tip Discussion: Tips for Speakers During the Holidays


It's the Holiday season in the US. We start with Thanksgiving on November 22 and goes through New Years Day on January 1. In the tech industry some folks would say it goes through January 11, 2019, when CES ends.


That means folks may be distracted either because they are so excited. Folks may be recharging with family and friends or dealing with family and friends. Folks may have different views of the Holidays from you due to their personal experience, or their politics, or their philosophy. Don't let differing views of the Holidays detract from your core message or call to action.


Travel may be more complicated. Airports and airplanes will be busier and fuller than normal. Many of the folks who are travelling do not travel regularly. They may not be as familiar or experienced with security and airport procedures as more frequent travelers.


Weather will also be a factor in delays and agitation in air travel this time of year.


So plan to allow extra time and bring lots of extra patience.


As you encounter children performing in pageants or skits during the Holidays, support them. Their experience with an audience now will impact how they feel about speaking and stage presence years into the future.


Finally, back in Episode 066, I spoke with Mario Porreca about gratitude, among other things. Thanksgiving week is a great time to start a  gratitude project. 


Start and end each day by writing down one thing you are grateful for. It doesn't have to be a big thing; the consistency is what matters.


After a month, you'll have a list of 60 things. At the end of a year, you'll have a list of more than 700 things.


This list then becomes a great source for talks, points and illustrations, bios, and job interview answers among other things. Plus its a great thing to look over when you're having a bad day.


Call To Action


  • Start a Gratitude List
  • Enjoy the Holidays that you celebrate
  • Have patience
  • Don't get best...get better

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Episode 040 -- Meet Dr. Kimberly Brown

Dr. Kimberly Brown headshotAs stroke survivors, Emergency Room physicians play an important part in our survival and rapid treatment, but we often don't think about them. We build ongoing clinical relationships with our neurologists, physiatrists, OTs, PTs, Speech Therapists. Rehab nurses, CNAs, and more, but not the ER docs. When they see us, our brains are in full crisis/panic mode, our loved ones are terrified, and the doctors are busy making rapid assessments, decisions, and referrals. By the time we get a chance to calm down and assess our new landscape, they are long gone and have transitioned off our care team.

That's one reason I enjoyed talking with Dr. Kimberly Brown. It was a chance to get some insight into a field I knew little about. 

Among the things I found interesting was how she talk about the impact of technology in medical education -- listening to a heart murmur on the computer during school work and later tying that into the real world in listening on an actual patient.

We also talk about the role of ER Pharmacists, the role Methodist University Hospital has had in treating folks with the clot busting drug tPA, and some of the challenges around public health.

We do have some discussion of the politics of healthcare in this episode. Regardless of how you feel about the Affordable Care Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the future of Medicare and Medicaid, the political decisions around these programs will directly affect the lives of millions of stroke survivors and potential survivors in the US, and it's important to be aware of what's going on and express your views to your elected officials.

We reference the FAST signs for stroke. If you're not familiar with them they are:

Stroke warning signs: Face, Arms, Speech, and Time


We also talk about sepsis or being septic. Sepsis can be the result of the body's attempt to fight an infection. Basically, the infection results in the body dumping an excess of chemicals into the blood stream to fight the infection, but it instead leads to inflammation in other organs. Symptoms of sepsis can sometimes mirror stroke. Sepsis is a life threatening condition.

Fortunately whether you come into the ER with Sepsis or Stroke, folks like Dr. Kimberly Brown are there to take care of you.

Dr, Kimberly Brown working on a laptop at a cafe

Dr. Kimberly Brown is an emergency physician in Memphis, Tennessee. She is a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned her undergraduate degree from Fisk University. Loving warmer weather, Dr. Brown earned her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Florida in Public Health Management and Policy. She attended Ross University School of Medicine and recently completed her emergency medicine residency as a member of the inaugural graduating class of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee. Dr. Brown’s clinical interests include neurologic emergencies, critical care, sepsis, and education. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, volunteering, watching too much reality tv and trying new restaurants.

Improving Care in the Stroke Belt

Dr. Brown serves patients in the Stroke Belt of the US. This is the region of the country that since the early 60s has had a significantly higher about of stroke patients and higher mortality from stroke than the rest of the country. It includes:

  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • Kentucky
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Georgia
  • Alabama
  • Mississippi
  • Louisiana
  • Arkansas
  1. Making sure all patients have access to coverage
  2. Decrease food desserts
  3. Programs to incentive physicians to go to under-served communities in Appalachia and urban centers to ensure access to care
  4. Make sure schools are good so kids can read and understand their health
  5. Medical professionals have to do a better job at educating patients about how their body works and what's going on with it.


Hack of the Week

When you arrive at the ER, especially as a previous stroke survivor or person with disabilities. It's important to provide the team with as much information as possible. The need to know about the medications (legal AND illegal) you are taking, any previous stroke or medical issues, what disabilities you already had, and more.

Any video or recent photos of you prior to this incident can also be extremely helpful to the staff so they can get a better sense of what's changed.

Every Branch and Leaf -- National Caregivers Month

November is National Caregivers Month. These people make a huge difference in our lives, and it's important to recognize and thank them for their support. One way to support caregivers is to read Dr. Kate Lorig's book "Building Better Caregivers." I talked with the author back in episode 19 at http://strokecast.com/kate.

Larry Benitez is one of my colleagues from a professional networking group. He's also a banjo player who volunteers at the Old Friends Club in the Seattle area. The Old Friends Club support folks with Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Larry recently recorded a song dedicated to care givers. You can learn more about it here. Or just watch the video below. Be sure to comment on and like the video over on YouTube, too.



Dr. Kimberly Brown's Website


Dr. Kimberly Brown's Email


Dr. Kimberly Brown's Facebook


Dr. Kimberly Brown's Instagram


Dr. Kimberly Brown's Twitter


Chronicles of Women in White Coats


Methodist University Hospital Emergency Medicine


Stroke belt on Wikipedia


Sepsis on Wikipedia


FAST from the American Heart Association


Strokecast Episode 19: Meet Dr. Kate Lorig


Old Friends Club


Larry's Song on YouTube


Larry's post on LinkedIn



Where do we go from here?

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 087 -- Choose Your Headline and Meet Scott Charlston

2-Minute Tip: Choose Your Headline


As you frame your talk, make sure you choose the headline for it.  Flip through a newspaper or magazine and look at the headlines. Their job is to give you a little bit of information in a way that is compelling enough that you want to read more. They have to be short. They can be funny, But when you define the headlines for your talk, you also need it to get people to come see you and give you their time.


Think about your headline as the kind of thing that might be the subject line of an email or go on a poster advertising your talk. If you already know your goal for the talk and what you want people to take away from your talk, you should be able to develop the headline easily. If you can't, then maybe your talk isn't quite ready yet and you need to review your goals again.


Post Tip Discussion: Meet Scott Charlston


Scott Charlston HeadshotI first met Scott through a professional job hunting workshop where we are both looking for our next adventures. If you're looking for a great PR or media relations expert, reach out to Scott. If you're looking for a corporate trainer, product evangelist, or podcaster, just email bill@2minutetalktips.com.


In this episode, you'll hear about just what it is PR professionals do and the things they work on while doing media training. While there's an obvious surface level overlap between public speaking, ultimately it goes deeper. The core themes of defining and knowing your message, understanding your audience, and telling compelling stories that I talk about all the time on this show are also the core elements that Scott focuses on in his work with executives and media relations teams.


Scott spent 6 years as a reporter and anchor at Spokane's KREM TV before moving into PR for nearly 20 years with Weber Shandwick and Verizon Wireless. He's done media training, media relations, executive coaching and even more -- all with a focus on putting people at the center of the story, distilling complex ideas into clear benefits.




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Episode 039 -- The FLAME Study: How Anti-depressants (SSRI) help Stroke Recovery

This week, Dr. Nirav Shah and I talk about antidepressants -- SSRIs specifically -- in Stroke Recovery. The FLAME study demonstrated the benefits to motor recovery.

SSRI stands for Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitor. Basically, the way data gets sent from one nerve cell to another is through the use of chemicals, like serotonin. The body produce serotonin and the collects it when done, taking it out of the system. An SSRI slows down the collection process -- it inhibits the re-uptake. That leaves more serotonin floating around the brain.

Having more serotonin floating around the brain can help reduce, manage, or eliminate depression and other conditions. That's why SSRIs are some of the most common anti-depressants on the market.

The FLAME study looked at how Fluoxetine (AKA Prozac) behaves in folks who recently had a stroke. Fluoxetine is an old school antidepressant and SSRI. The study appeared to show that the extra serotonin in the brain may help promote neuroplasticity and recovery of motor skills after stroke, and that's why we're talking about it today.

My Experience

When I was inpatient, the doctor put me on an SSRI due to the FLAME study. She tried Prozac (AKA Fluoxetine) first. Unfortunately, it gave me an anxiety attack. On the other hand, I now know what an anxiety attack feels like. Not pleasant.

A Xanax took care of that.

We tried again the next day, this time with another SSRI called Lexapro (AKA Escitalopram). Someone explained to me that the molecule that makes up Lexapro is the mirror image of the Prozac molecule. I'd had Lexapro in the past, with no ill effects so it was worth a shot. Success! No anxiety attack this time. And that's how an SSRI earned a spot in my daily collection of medication.

But did it help my recovery? Maybe. There's no way to tell for sure. The data indicates that it should and there is no reason to think it didn't help. As a side effect, I did not go into the deep depression so common among other stroke survivors.

This is a new use for SSRIs, Fluoxetine, and Escitalopram. It's borderline off-label. Not all doctors are familiar with the idea that SSRIs promote the neuroplasticity that supports recovery of motor functions. And that's how I ended up explaining the research to my primary care physician as he reviewed my meds with me post-hospital.

The FLAME study covered 6 months. I'm still taking the Lexapro today. When I talked to my rehab doctor about whether I should continue we concluded that since I don't have any negative results from it, we may as well keep it up. If there's a chance it can help, and it's not hurting, then that sounds good to me.

Dr. Nirav H. Shah

Dr. Nirav H Shah Headshot

Dr. Nirav H. Shah is a fellowship trained neurologist and sub-specialist in cerebrovascular and stroke medicine with board certifications in t: neurology, stroke medicine, carotid neurosonology, transcranial doppler ultrasound, and neuroimaging.

He is a practicing neurohospitalist and served as the stroke medical director at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. Academically, he is interested in emergent and critical care neurology research and is an associate editor for The Neurohospitalist, a peer-reviewed journal. He enjoys mentoring trainees and collaborating on publications and conference presentations.

Outside of clinical care Dr Shah is collaborating with experts to develop scalable technologies capable of ameliorating healthcare’s challenges. He consults with startups and investors to develop technologies and devices so that one day they are available to his patients. He has worked with companies to meet FDA regulations for approval as well as to help them understand the provider perspective of product-market fit.

Dr. Shah is also the CEO and Founder of Sentinel Healthcare. He is also a passionate traveler and photographer.

So let's fan the FLAME of stroke recovery with Nirav.

Hack of the Week

Daily pill organizer with one door openMany stroke survivors use a day of the week pill organizer to keep track of meds. And, sometimes, the day of the week. The organizer can also make it easy to keep track of whether or not we've taken pills for the day.

After taking your pills, leave the door for that day open exposing the now empty chamber. That gives you and your caregiver an easy to see visual queue the deed is done.



FLAME study Presentation


Efficacy of Fluoxetine - a Trial in Stroke (EFFECTS)


Predicting recovery in acute poststroke aphasia


Nirav’s previous appearance


Nirav on Stem Cells and Stroke Recovery


Nirav  on LinkedIn


Nirav at Swedish


Nirav on Twitter


The Neurohospitalist


Nirav’s Photography


Sentinel Healthcare


Where do we go from here?

  • Check out the links to the FLAME study and the other SSRI stroke studies above.
  • Subscribe to Strokecast for free in your favorite podcast app.
  • Use your pill box door as a reminder/calendar.
  • Don't get best…get better.

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Episode 086 -- Incorporate Excellence and Brevity

2-Minute Tip: Incorporate, Don't Emulate


A movie that's inspired by a true story takes elements of that story and creates its own thing from it to move the audience. It doesn't attempt to duplicate the original story itself because that would be a documentary and not a theatrical tale. Both the original story and the entertaining film can be excellent things, but they are different things.


When we try to be more effective speakers, one thing we do is watch excellent speakers. That's a good thing. Watch as many excellent speakers as you can. Just don't try to be them.


They got where they are with their own unique combination of practice, training, and life experience.


You got where you are with your own unique combination of practice, training, and life experience. 


Watch those excellent speakers and think about what they do well and why. What specific behaviors or techniques to they use to get their message across. Is that a technique you can use in your talks? Give it a try.


Here you are trying to incorporate specific behaviors. You are not trying to be someone else. Incorporate; don't emulate.


Post Tip Discussion: Brevity


The proper length for a talk is to be exactly as long as it needs to be and not a second longer.


Sometimes that takes work. It's easy to craft a long talk. The work comes in trimming away the unessential parts.


Make your point. Support your point. Get off the stage.


How often have you heard the audience say, "I wish that presentation was longer."


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In the spirit of getting the heck off the stage, this week's episode includes "Opening Band" by the legendary musical comedy duo Paul and Storm (released under Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike). You can check out more of their work here.

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Episode 038 -- Meet Maggie Whittum

I first met Maggie Whittum a couple months ago, thanks to the episode I did with the folks at The Slow Road to Better. We connected to record this episode and I enjoyed the chat.

Maggie has a nice deliberate way of speaking. You can hear the emotion in her voice as she talks.

Like Whitney last week, Maggie's story is a frightening reminder that even if you do everything right, stroke can happen to anyone at any age. That doesn't mean you should ignore risk factors. Just keep in mind that a healthy lifestyle only reduces risk of stroke. It doesn't eliminate it entirely, On the other hand, a healthy pre-stroke life helps make rehab easier.

Maggie Whittum headshotMaggie was 33 years old when a cavernous angioma failed and she had a hemorrhagic stroke in her brain stem.

At the time, stroke was the furthest thing from her mind. She was a healthy, athletic, driven non-smoking actor in the best physical condition of her life. After spending several years acting, producing, and directing [projects around the world she moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue a Master of Fine Arts program at George Washington University. That all changed when her stroke hit her at the end of her first semester.

Now, Maggie lives in Denver where she continues to work on her recovery, creates art projects to illustrate just what chronic pain is like, and acts on stage with the Phamaly Theater, a company focused on providing opportunities for actors with disabilities.

Now, Maggie is taking everything she's learned from her time as an actor, director, producer, writer, teacher, and stroke survivor to assemble a team and create The Great Now What, documentary exploring stroke, recovery, the healing power of art, and her journey to claim a powerful new identity.


Hack of the Week

The great thing about carrying a purse, messenger bag, backpack or other carrying device is that it's easier to carry stuff. You can just throw all your stuff in there and go. 

With a little thought, however, the process can be much more efficient. Arrange items in the bag specifically for single-handed use instead of just tossing stuff in. Consider flaps that allow easy access to a bus pass, a caribiner for keys, or a designated pocket for a disabled parking placard. A little planning can make the day a little less stressful.


The Great Now What


Crowd Funding


The Great Now What on Facebook


Maggie Whittum on Instagram


Maggie Whittum on Twitter


Maggie Whittum on IMDB


Maggie Whittum RAISE Award Nomination


Fates and Furies on Amazon


The Crash Reel with Kevin Pearce


The Crash Reel on Amazon Video


Phamaly Theater Company


Cavernous Angioma


Slow Road to Better on Strokecast


Where do we go from here?

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Bonus 001-037: Stroke Survivor Radio Story

For World Stroke Day on October 29, 2018, the American Heart Association asked me to share my story with the WA News Service, an organization that distributes content to radio stations all over WA state.

This bonus episode is the story they produced. You can also read the article here: https://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-10-29/health-issues/a-washington-survivor-ways-to-recover-after-a-stroke/a64451-1

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 085 -- Take a Beat and Tips on Apologies


2-Minute Tip: Take a Beat


Have you ever noticed that a speaker will step up to their speaking spot (fancy technical term there), look down, then up, scan the room silently, and then start speaking? They're taking a moment to prep themselves for the talk they are about to deliver. While that whole ritual may be a little much, there is value in taking a moment to take a breath and plant your feet before speaking.


It gives you the opportunity to shift from prep mode into speaking mode. When you are prepping for a talk, you are reviewing what you want to say, making last minute adjustments based on the audience, double-checking your gear, reviewing site lines, going through sound check, turning off your phone, emptying your pockets and more. When it's time to speak, prep time is over. You have to put aside all the to do items of prep and now let their value come through. It's time to focus on delivering your message.


Taking a moment at the very start to clear your head and change your thinking allows you to do that.


You don't have to do it literally on the stage. You can take your beat in the wings just before you go on stage. Make your walk to your speaking spot part of your presentation. Be in speaking mode the moment you come out.


Regardless of exactly where you do it, take that deep breath and take that moment because now it's showtime.


Post Tip Discussion: Tips on Apologies


Sometimes an apology is all it takes to fix a problem. Many times, someone who has been wronged simply wants the transgressor to acknowledge they were wrong and validate the reality of a situation.


Too often, though, we apologize ineffectively or inappropriately and we do so from the stage. To be a more effective speaker, consider these 5 tips to apologize from stage:


  1. Don't say, "I'm sorry." Say, "I apologize."
  2. Be sure you actually need to apologize.
  3. If the audience doesn't know something went wrong and they got a less than perfect experience, don't break their illusion by apologizing.
  4. An apology-nerves spiral can be painful. Avoid apologizing frequently from stage.
  5. Substitute the word "and" for the word "but" whenever possible.





Call To Action


  1. I recorded this on World Stroke Day. Get your blood pressure checked and manage it appropriately. Issues with blood pressure are a leading cause of stroke and long term disability. Learn more about stroke at http://strokecast.com.
  2. Visit other articles at 2-Minute Talk Tips for more tips to be a more effective speaker.
  3. Take a beat before your next talk.
  4. Don't get best...get better.




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Episode 037 -- Meet Whitney Morean


World Stroke Day

World Stroke day is October 29th. Are you planning to do something for it? Make sure everyone talk with knows how important it is to BE FAST.

Stroke symptom graphic


Meet Whitney Morean

Whitney Morean was a healthy, athletic 28 year-old in the summer of 2016. She voluntarily ran 5 miles a day. A bright student, she was excited to start graduate school that fall in clinical psychology.

Then on August 23, 2016, she had a mysterious, hemorrhagic stroke in her right, parietal lobe that would stump neurologists. Grad school would have to wait.

I met Whitney through the Seattle Young Adult Stroke Survivors group.

Now, Whitney is back in grad school, pursuing a Masters in Rehab Psychology, to help other survivors get even more comprehensive care. We met up a few week's ago in Seattle's Wayward Coffeehouse.

You can reach Whitney here.

We covered quite a bit in this episode including some new-ish vocabulary.

Whitney spent time in both acute and sub-acute facilities. Acute is an inpatient hospital setting. A sub-acute facility is somewhere in between a skilled nursing facility and a hospital. 

She also talks about getting to point of being "community ambulatory." That basically means being able to walk around the neighborhood.

I learned that the brain has ventricles. 

We also touch on something not often talked about. The insurance system and medical care system are focused on getting you back to a minimum standard -- not to where you were before the stroke. If you were well above the average or age appropriate criteria before stroke, you have to get back there on your own.

Whitney also discusses experiencing disability accommodations for education for the first time in her life later in life. Many folks who need accommodations in grad school have already had to go through the process much earlier in their schooling.

I could go on about the topics, but why spoil the fun of the episode? 

Hack of the Week

Practice patience.

It's a muscle and it takes work to get good at it. After a stroke, it's more important than ever to be more patient with yourself, especially if your previous life was a fast-paced, intense one. 

Doing "ordinary" things will simply take more time and getting annoyed at that won't make it any better. So be kind to yourself.

And practice patience.

Like most thing with stroke and life, it gets easier with time and practice.

Where do we go from here?

  • What aspect of this discussion did you find most interesting? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Share this episode with a friend caregiver or grad student, by sending them to http://strokecast.com/whitney.
  • If you're feeling depressed, or having challenges dealing with grief and emotions, after a stroke, let your caregiver or medical team know. There is help available.
  • Be patient with yourself.
  • Don't get best...get better.

Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast


Episode 084 -- Control the Lights and 9 Ways to Get More Speaking Time

2-Minute Tip: Control the Lights


An important part of room setup is the lighting. You want folks to see you and any visual aids you are using without straining them selves so lighting matters. What does good lighting look like? Well, it depends. 


If you are using a data projector, you likely need to minimize sunlight and dim the lights near the screen while keeping the rest of the room well lit.


In an auditorium, you may get better results dimming the lights above the audience to focus on the stage.


If you ask your audience to do something during your presentation, you may need to bring the lights up for that activity and dim them again when it's time for you to be the focus again.


While the details will vary, the important thing is for you to make deliberate decisions about the lights during your talk to make sure they support your goals.



Post Tip Discussion: 9 Ways to Get more Speaking Time


The best way to become a better speaker is to speak more. But you don't have to just wait for opportunities to come along. You can take proactive steps to make more opportunities. Here are 9 Ways to Get More Speaking Time


Class Projects

If you are in a training program or a class that has group projects, volunteer to be the group spokesperson. Others may be relieved to not have to do it.



If you attend a house or space of worship, consider volunteering to do readings, run discussion groups, or participate in other speaking related tasks. Ask the appropriate leader what opportunities there might be.


Ask Your Boss

If you'd like to speak more at work, let your boss know. There may be opportunities they would be happy to give you, but they can't accommodate your desire to speak more if they don't know about your desire to speak more.



Toastmasters clubs are popular around the world as a forum where professionals can go to improve their public speaking skills. 


Volunteer Groups

Look for groups in your community that you can support. There may be chances to volunteer there, support a mission you care about, and get some speaking time in the process.


Community Theater

Joining a local theater program will help you grow your acting skills and get you on the stage in front of an audience. The skills aren't exactly the same as those in public speaking, but they can certainly add more depth and flavor to your speaking skills. Plus, stage time is still stage time.


Facebook Live

This is a great tool to easily start speaking to the world about things you care about. You can use your PC or phone. You are probably listening to this episode on a live, international, broadcasting tool. It's easy to start and the videos are easy to share and review so you can continue to get better. You'll find the Facebook Live videos that I've done here.



Start a podcast and you have another speaking channel under your control. If you don't want to do the work of running your own show, look for opportunities to be a guest on shows you enjoy and reach out to the producers.


Build Your Own Stage

You don't have to wait for someone to give you a stage. Go ahead and build your own. Start your own event. The technology and reach of social media makes it possible in ways unimaginable 20 years ago. Back in Episode 077, I talked with Patricia Missakian who wanted to speak in Brazil, so she created her own event there from the US and flew down when it was time.



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  • Seek out more opportunities to speak
  • Don't get best...get better






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Episode 036 -- Meet Dan Oosterhous


This week, I got to chat with stroke survivor Dan Oosterhous, former pilot, current US Air Force Academy Tennis Coach, and 2-time stroke survivor.

Dan's story is one of seeing a problem and trying to fix it. During his rehab, he worked closely with the therapists, always pushing for more. He asked questions, asked for additional resources to learn more about anatomy and physiology, and generally focused on what was going on with his body and how he could get better.

[bctt tweet="'I got on the internet on my tablet and just typed in some of the symptoms I was having and the first thing that came up was stroke. And it took me 6 hours to realize that's what was going on.' -- @DOosterhous #stroke" username="CurrentlyBill"]

Aside from it being an important element of his recovery, I found that when I am more engaged in my recovery and ask a lot of questions, my therapists are more engaged, too.

What I hear when I listen back to this week's episode is how much Dan's problem-solving drive helped him get to where he is today.


Who is Dan Oosterhous?


Dan Oosterhous head shotAfter a day spent coaching the men's tennis team at the United States Air Force Academy in 2013, Dan Oosterhous suffered two brain stem strokes that resulted in a substantial loss of function in his left arm and leg.  Since then, Dan has made significant strides in his recovery, owing much to the support of his three children, Emma, Anna, and Andrew, and the rehabilitative power of competition.  Dan has fueled his recovery through opportunities in adaptive sports as a member of the 2014 Air Force Wounded Warrior team and a member of the 2014 and 2016 USA Invictus Games team.  Dan has earned medals in swimming at the 2014 Warrior Games and in cycling at the 2016 Invictus Games.  In 2014, he received USAFA’s General Mal Wakin Character and Leadership Award for his inspirational work with cadets and resiliency during recovery.

A native of Texarkana, Texas, Dan graduated from USAFA in 1993 and remains one of the best tennis players in the team’s history.  Dan ranks fifth on the all-time list for most wins at #1 singles and second on the career list at #1 doubles.  He was selected to the all-conference team all four years and received the team’s Most Valuable Player award three times.  During his 21-year Air Force career, Dan accumulated over 3,100 hours as an instructor pilot in three aircraft: the C-5, C-21 and T-53.

After retiring early from the Air Force as a pilot due to his stroke he continues to serve as the Men's Tennis coach, doing it all with one good arm and one good leg. He loves sharing his message about the importance of a positive attitude in recovery.


Hack of the Week

Dan's hack is to use your tone. Just because an effected limb doesn't work right, doesn't mean it gets a free pass. Make it work for you.

With some creative thinking you can wrap things around the fist or use it to brace things or help with your shoes.

Too often we assume that since it doesn't work like a hand used to work, that means it can't do anything, but that's not the case. Think about creative non-hand ways you can work with the tone in your hand to accomplish your goals.



Dan Oosterhous on Twitter


Dan Oosterhous Email


US Air Force Academy Athletics


US Air Force Academy Men's Tennis


Invictus Games


US Air Force Wounded Warriors


Dan Oosterhous in Airman Magazine



Where do we go from here?


Here is the latest episode of The Strokecast