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Support Group To Help Stroke Survivors, Caregivers
August 2, 2013

Eyewitness News Reporter Darrah Wilcox Donna Pillow said it's been a year and a half since her stroke, and she said it's the hardest thing she's ever faced.

"I don't like being dependent," Pillow said.

She said she used to volunteer regularly. "Now I'm not so active and I miss it."

That's why she and her husband decided to come out to the inaugural session of a new stroke support group at Cabell Huntington Hospital. She said, "I think it will be good to meet people who've gone through the same thing."

There are dozens of support groups that meet at the hospital, but stroke affects nearly 800,000 people each year.

"I think it's important that we start this and really get it flourishing, said
Dr. Justin Nolte. He and stroke center coordinator Mitzi Beckett laid out the game plan for the group this week.

"Not only discuss sort of common things that they're going through but things to expect in the future, goals of treatment and potential options out there not only for the patients but also to help with the caretakers."

Dr. Nolte says stroke patients and their families often don't have an outlet to get out and see people in similar situations, so this is a great opportunity to make that happen. He said, "Hopefully we're going to try to be able to build on this and make it bigger and bigger in the future."

Pillow said she's happy to join the group that she hopes will be a positive experience for both her and her husband. "I hope I'll get some companionship. Get some insight on how to do things maybe."

Find out more about the support group and how to get involved here:
http://cabellhuntington.org/services/stroke-center/education-and-support/


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