The next Midcoast Stroke Support Group meeting will be on Wednesday, December 7, at 10:00 am. Meetings will continue on first Wednesdays. In addition to the regular meeting, the group has invited a special speaker from Brain Injury Voices in Portland to join the group in a public presentation and discussion, from 12:00 to 1:00 pm, all are welcome! Brain Injury Voices (www.braininjuryvoices.org) is an active volunteer group of brain injury survivors in Maine who are “paying it forward” by educating medical professionals and the general public about brain injury from the survivor point of view, advocating for the importance of brain injury rehabilitation, and supporting survivors and families through peer mentoring.
The presentation by Brain Injury Voices will be an interactive “bingo” game format, based on the inspirational writings of Voices’ co-founder Bev Bryant. “On the surface it’s about brain injury, but it goes so much deeper than that,” says Voices’ leader Carole Starr. “Through playing the bingo game, participants will hear many pearls of wisdom about coping with adversity and learning to thrive again when your life has changed dramatically.” It promises to be a fun and inspirational presentation.
“We welcome survivors, family, and friends of stroke survivors, or really anyone faced with a neurological challenge,” said Carol Rohl, one of the Support Group organizers. “We share stories and things we have found helpful in this life change. We are finding that encouragement and contact with others in similar situations is very supportive.” For more information call 273-2090. “We look forward to more people joining us,” she added.
Participants in the first meeting of the Midcoast Stroke Support Group, from left, seated, Carol Rohl and Anne Cronin, standing, Gordon Bok, Judith Simpson, Brian Redonnett, and Robert Davis. Everyone is welcome to join the support group on the first Wednesday of the month at the Camden Public Library at 10:00 am.