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The Road To Recovery

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In the face of a stroke, learn what to expect from the recovery process p. 37 MAY IS STROKE AWARENESS MONTH

Give Mom the Mother’s 11Alive’s Brend Day She Wants! a Wood joins fo discuss the ch ur allenge s and jo Atlanta moms to ys o f m o 15 therhood In every issue

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Put Your Money Where Your Mind Is

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Atlanta doctors answer your health questions

20 Best Events

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Read about a WWII pilot, a mystery in small-town Ohio and a local chef’s tips for delicious veggies

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Regrow Your Hair With Low Level Laser Therapy by Ken Anderson, MD p. 55

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Our Advisory Board members help their clients and patients look and feel great every day p. 33

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Featured on the cover: Brenda Wood (11Alive) Pictured top left (L-R): Meghan Cooper (JaMonkey), Maria Smith (Mamalicious Maria), Brenda Wood (11Alive), Kelley Sibley (Bamboo Juices) Photography: Sawyer Photography Brenda’s hair and makeup: Nyssa Green (The Green Room Agency) Other moms’ hair and makeup: Alicia Benton and Brooke Braner (Aura Hair & Makeup) Jewelry styling by: Eboné Smiley (Stella + Dot)

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Amy Meadows is a veteran freelance feature writer and president of Green Meadows Communications, LLC. She has written more than 1,500 articles for local, regional and national consumer and trade publications and contributed to more than a dozen hardcover pictorial books published about cities and communities around the country. Her first children’s picture book, “Emma’s American Chinese New Year,” earned a 2012 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award and a 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award. Read her article, “The Road to Recovery,” on p. 37.

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Morgan A. McLaughlin McFarland is an accomplished writer of both fiction and nonfiction. A professional editor of prospective genre fiction, Morgan has also taught writing courses locally in addition to online developmental editing and writing coaching. She has lived in the Atlanta area for 30 years, where she has been active in the natural living and literary communities. Read her article, “At the Market,” on p. 25.

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What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? I love that their minds are little sponges. They pick up everything they hear – and I mean everything. I love teaching them about things and getting them interested in things that we enjoy. 

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? Little kids love their mama. They run to me at school pickup and are happier to see me than anyone else in my life.They are so open with their love!

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? Watching their “adult” personalities begin to form. I’m also particularly proud when I witness kindness in them – it makes me feel like we have done something right.

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? The “Mommy Bank” is now officially closed. Yay! It’s also such a joy to watch them establish themselves in their careers and marriages.

What is an enjoyable part of mothering children at this stage? Watching her become more interactive with me every day. She can now smile and laugh with me, which is so much fun! What is a challenge of this stage? Sleep! I am so tired! My baby is up during the night and up again early in the morning, and it’s really hard to work all day on a few hours of sleep.

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What is the biggest misconception people have about this stage? I might be the only one who this applies to, but I just had no idea how hard it would be. My sister and friends made it look so easy. How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives? Give her the gift of health. My husband watches our baby while I take a long walk and puts her to bed most nights so I can take a few minutes to read my health books that I find so inspiring. The best gift is time to do what inspires you.

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What is a challenge of this stage? Potty training. It’s the worst. Lots of extra stuff to carry around and icky things to clean. What is the biggest misconception people have about motherhood?  That we as mothers have to give things up in order to raise children, or that it takes all our abilities to do so, leaving no time for other aspects of our lives. Around Mother’s Day this year, what support would be most helpful to you?  Support from my partner to go have a mom’s vacation. Moms don’t get sick days or time off. We are always “on,” so it would be great to be able to disconnect and unwind for some adult nurturing.

What is a challenge of this stage? Being a mom of little kids is physically hard – I tend to have a child on my hip for most of the day. Lack of sleep, organization and privacy come with the territory. What is the biggest misconception people have about this stage? People think it’s all play dates and crafty Saturdays, but they don’t understand that those play dates and projects might end in temper tantrums or a huge mess. Most people don’t understand the extreme amount of patience that is necessary. How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives?  Do the same type of things you did when she first had her baby: bring her a meal, offer to fold her laundry, take her kids to the park so she can shower alone. Even if her “baby” is 2, she still needs everyday help.

What is a challenge of this stage? When they are young, as long as you kept them safe and gave them love, you were successful. At this stage, so much more can go wrong. A woman in the supermarket once said to me,“Small kids, small problems; big kids, big problems.” That couldn’t be more true! How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives? Help her lead a healthy life, whether it’s cooking for her, helping her with childcare so she can go to the gym or just providing an ear for the release of stress. I recently joined Iron Tribe Fitness, and the community there has helped me stay focused on my goals. It is so important to help each other be healthy so that we can be the dynamic, ambitious moms we want to be!

What is a challenge of this stage? Letting go. Boy, is that hard! I still want to guide and protect them. Learning how to keep my mouth shut and let them “fly” without me is definitely a challenge. What is the biggest misconception people have about this stage? That when the kids are gone from home, mothers skip off into the sunset to frolic in free time. Not true! When kids become independent, it is a rude awakening to suddenly realize that you too are now on your own! That’s a big emotional and psychological adjustment. So indulging in your newfound freedom takes a momentary backseat to discovering what your new focus in life will be. How can Best Self readers support moms in their own lives?  Spend an unhurried, relaxed day with your mom. Just sit and talk.

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Brookhaven Farmers Market

April – December Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Brookhaven’s market has moved locations since last year and is now at University Baptist Church on Dresden Drive. Plus, check out their online seasonal availability calendar for an idea of what produce to expect each week. Details: 1375 Fernwood Circle NE, Brookhaven, GA, brookhavenfarmersmarket.com

Decatur Farmers Market

Year-round Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. (opens at 10 a.m. January to March) Stop by this market for seasonal produce any Saturday of the year. They also have a Wednesday market day that runs from the spring through December to accommodate more shoppers’ schedules. Just be sure you visit the right location for your pickup day! Details: On Saturdays, 498 N McDonough St., Decatur, GA. On Wednesdays, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA. decaturfarmersmarket.com

East Atlanta Village Farmers Market

April – December Open Thursdays, 4 – 8 p.m. Swing by this weekday market on the way home from work. It’s located across the street from the Midway Pub and is accessible through the MARTA bus routes 34, 74, 107 and 4. They accept cash, credit, debit and double EBT/SNAP. If you just can’t get enough of the local food scene, you can even volunteer at the market or at their vendor farms. Details: 561 Flat Shoals Ave., Atlanta, GA, farmeav.com

Grant Park Farmers Market

April – December Open Sundays, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This market, which launched in 2011, takes place at the corner of Cherokee Avenue and Miledge Avenue. It’s convenient to the Boulevard and Ormewood stop of MARTA bus route 32, and they accept cash, credit, debit and double EBT/SNAP. In addition to providing healthy, local food, this market focuses on nutrition education and even

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Piedmont Park Green Market

March – December Open Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. This market, held just inside the 12th Street entrance of Piedmont Park, offers everything from produce to ready-to-eat meals and bath products. Sign up for their weekly newsletter to stay up to date. Details: Piedmont Park, 12th Street and Piedmont Ave., Atlanta, GA, piedmontpark.org

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A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops, either “We have to get a lot of information fast so we can make because of a blockage of the arteries to the brain (an ischemic the next choices,” notes Lisa-Ann Wuermser, MD, Chief of stroke) or a bursting or leakage of the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation blood vessels in and around the brain at Grady Memorial Hospital, home to (a hemorrhagic stroke). In either case, The Marcus Stroke & Neuroscience the brain is injured, and symptoms Center. Initially, those choices involve The warning signs of a stroke usually appear because brain cells begin to the three types of rehabilitation die within moments. The delicate and therapies that the patient may need: are not something the stroke victim will time-sensitive nature of the condition physical therapy, occupational therapy recognize, but a family member or friend makes the first hours after a stroke the and speech therapy. Physical therapy will. Remember the acronym F.A.S.T. if you most critical. focuses on gross motor skills, such as suspect a stroke: walking. Occupational therapy deals “Whatever type of stroke it is, we with daily living tasks, including have to ensure that the weakness or grooming and feeding oneself. deficit becomes stable. We have to Speech therapy tackles speaking and test to find the cause of the stroke swallowing deficits. While some and prevent another stroke from individuals may need all three types of happening,” explains Dr. Keith A. rehabilitation, others may not. Sanders, a board-certified physician

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with Atlanta Neurology and director “Every stroke is different. The type of of the Stroke Center at Emory Saint rehab given depends on the location For more details, turn to p. 49. Joseph’s Hospital. “Typically, a patient of the stroke in the brain, the extent will become stable within 12 to 24 of the damage and even how long it hours.” Once the patient has stabilized, a flurry of took to get treatment,” says Tiffany LeCroy, a clinical nurse activity will begin. specialist with the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at

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The Shepherd Center. Therefore, as soon as a stroke is diagnosed, a specialized therapist from each modality visits and evaluates the patient to see which areas need to be addressed. Then, an individualized treatment program is created – and it will begin in the hospital within those first 48 hours.

The Recovery Setting

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Comprehensive therapy must get underway as quickly as possible. According to Chika Odioemene, stroke coordinator at DeKalb Medical Center, “When patients are in the hospital, once they are medically stable, our goal is to get them discharged in three days into rehab care.” Rehab care can happen in a variety of settings. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), an inpatient acute care facility, which offers the most intensive therapy, is either freestanding or part of a larger hospital complex. Patients typically spend two to three weeks in this unit receiving rehab “at least three hours a day, five to seven days per week,” says Kelly Wright, inpatient center supervisor at DeKalb Medical Center. Less intense therapy over a longer period of time is offered at a sub-acute care nursing facility, in which Wright says patients usually receive therapy for 90 minutes per day over the course of two months or more. Some patients may be able to receive outpatient care, living at home and traveling to a therapy center several times per week for rehab. Elizabeth Wyble, head of physical and occupational therapy at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, notes that home health therapy is an option in some cases, with a therapist traveling to the patient’s residence. Ultimately, the rehab setting decision comes down to the patient’s safety – if they can safely handle the stairs at home, for instance – and what their insurance will cover. Wuermser observes, “If inpatient rehab is the best thing for you, but your plan doesn’t cover it, it is a rude awakening.”

The Daily Grind Once the rehab setting is chosen, the real work begins. Daily therapy can involve any number of activities, from one-on-one sessions with therapists to working on specific exercises alone outside of the assigned therapy sessions. And the exercises and tools used for each type of therapy are designed specifically with the patient in mind. “We are going to work together to get you back to functioning as close as we can to how you were before the stroke,” Wright says.

Physical Therapy The legs and the arms are the primary focus of physical therapy, especially when there is any kind of paralysis involved. Melissa Nalder, stroke coordinator at Eastside Medical Center, says, “Someone who could take care of themselves may have lost the ability to do that. And they now have to relearn gross motor skills.” Therefore, a physical therapist will help a patient practice isolated movements, change from one kind of movement to another and rehearse complex movements that require coordination and balance, according to NINDS; the therapist will use techniques like selective sensory bestselfatlanta.com

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THE FACES OF STROKE Robert PritchardWorthy: Against the Odds Natalie Pritchard never expected her healthy, active 22-year-old son, Robert A. PritchardWorthy, to have a stroke. No one did. A football player and recent college graduate who was about to start graduate school at the University of Central Florida, Robert was the picture of health. But when he went out for an evening on the town with his cousin in July of 2012 and began to have seizures, his life – and his mother’s life – was turned upside down. He was diagnosed with cerebral venous sinus thrombosis, a rare form of stroke that results in a blood clot on the brain. “When he was put into acute critical care, the doctor told me that he was the number one priority in the ICU that night,” Natalie recalls. “They had to remove part of his skull to relieve the pressure on his brain. They didn’t think he would make it through the night. And if he did make it, he would be severely disabled. He was that critical. It was a massive stroke, and he was in an induced coma for more than two weeks.” Robert, Natalie’s only child, had never been sick in his life. But when he woke up, Robert was completely paralyzed on his left side. He began intensive therapy and rehabilitation at Shepherd Pathways, the Shepherd Center’s comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation program. “When he came home, he was having seizures, so I had to be with him. He had to wear a protective helmet. I had to bathe him. He required 24-hour care. And he wanted to get back to school. My job was to encourage him and do everything I could to get him back there,” Natalie says. “I drove him to Shepherd every day at 8 a.m. and stayed until 1:30 p.m. I was able to work while he was in therapy. My company was beyond accommodating.” And when she needed help at home, her mother, sister, cousin and aunt BEST SELF ATLANTA

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stimulation-based tapping or stroking, active and passive range-of-motion exercises and temporary restraint of healthy limbs to encourage the use of impaired limbs. According to Wyble, electrical impulse equipment may be used as well to help get muscles to begin working again. As therapy progresses, she says, “We have even used Wii therapy to help people with balance and to get them to move an arm or a leg.” Additionally, with advancements in technology, many physical therapists now – or soon will – have access to virtual reality and robotic assisted devices. “The robotic assisted devices utilize a robot to direct an upper limb or a lower limb to show how the movement should take place. The robot will correct you so you can learn how to make the movement in the right direction. It helps the brain learn better,” Wuermser notes. “It’s fascinating. But all of these interventions are used as additional tools with the ongoing one-on-one rehab with the therapist.”

Occupational Therapy “Physical therapy and occupational therapy overlap,” Wright observes. Occupational therapy also focuses on a patient’s physical ability, but it zeros in on what NINDS calls self-directed activities such as personal grooming, preparing meals, housecleaning and even driving. According to NINDS, occupational therapists also “teach people how to develop compensatory strategies and change elements of their environment that limit activities of daily living.” From using Velcro fasteners instead of buttons to installing grab bars in the bathroom, occupational therapists help make a patient’s daily living easier. “We use activity-based therapies. We look at what their goals are and the lifestyle they want to get back to, and we cater the program to that,” LeCroy says, noting that while the typical age of a stroke victim is late 60s or older, there has been a shift in recent years. “There has been a surge of younger people having strokes.

Post-Stroke Seizure According to the National Stroke Association, approximately five percent of people who have had a stroke will have a seizure within weeks. It does not mean that the patient has developed epilepsy, but it is a condition that needs to be managed, typically with medication. In Georgia, if you suffer a major seizure, you are prohibited from driving until you have been seizure-free for six months.

Photo courtesy of Barry Green (top right)

We may have a young mom who has to cook a meal and care for a young child. There could be a college student whose goal is to be able to socialize and be around friends without feeling different or uncomfortable. We have to look at what their interests are and what exercises we can do that are interesting, fun and engaging. Many times, we have to think outside the box.” For a younger population, that includes using today’s technology. “Laptops, iPads – these are tools the younger population uses every day,” LeCroy continues. Wyble agrees. “With occupational therapy, we’re dealing with fine motor coordination,” she says. “Many businesspeople use a laptop, so we have their family members bring it in so they can learn to use it again.”

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were by her side. “Family is so important. And the community as a whole embraced us and carried me,” she says. Today, after months of therapy, Robert is preparing to graduate from UCF with a master’s degree in criminal justice. Now 25, he lives on his own in Florida and is preparing for the next chapter of his life. And that is exactly what his mother wanted for him. “When this happens, you feel helpless and hopeless. He was so young. But you can’t lose hope,” she concludes. “You have to know you can do this. He is proof that you can return to your life.”

Barry Green: Overcoming the Stigma Barry Green had a stroke the night before Thanksgiving in 2012. After it happened, he suffered from aphasia and weakness on his right side. “I couldn’t talk. I couldn’t type. I couldn’t sign my name,” he recalls. “I would read and try to say the words. But even if I knew what a word was, I couldn’t get it out. I couldn’t put the words together.” A successful sales and marketing consultant, Green’s job “depended on my memory. It was tough in the beginning. I wanted to be back to 100 percent. Four weeks of outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy put the 64-year-old stroke survivor on the long road to recovery. He supplemented his therapy with his own regimen of sit-ups every morning, playing Words with Friends on an iPad and reading. “You have to be self-motivated to get through this,” he advises. But there was one thing he didn’t do right away. “I didn’t tell my clients about the stroke. Only my closest friends,” he says. “For me, there was this stigma. I thought it was a weakness. It took me a while to begin telling people.” Prompted by a major seizure Green e perienced fi e months a ter his stroke, he finally began sharing his story. e was surprised to find that most people could not even tell. “Other people couldn’t see anything wrong,” he realized. “They were surprised that I had a stroke and got over it. That helped give me support – now it’s much easier. When I BEST SELF ATLANTA

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of therapy to improve comprehension, such as a patient repeating the therapist’s words, practicing following directions and doing reading and writing exercises for long-term language rehabilitation. One of the areas people don’t often think about, though, is the ability to swallow after a stroke has occurred. “Difficulties with swallowing have many possible causes, including a delayed swallowing reflex, and inability to manipulate food with the tongue or an inability to detect food remaining lodged in the cheeks after swallowing,” NINDS notes. Speech therapists will work with patients to identify these issues and use various exercises and techniques, including slowly increasing the texture of food, to strengthen the muscles and improve the ability to swallow. According to Wright, meal groups can be extremely beneficial when offered in a rehab setting. Bringing two to four people together to eat a meal “allows patients to see other patients going through it too,” she says. “There is a social aspect that is very helpful. That’s why we also bring former patients into these groups. These people are now out living in the community and being active. They come in over lunch and talk to the current patients. They talk about their recovery and show that it can happen.” With all three types of therapy, patience – from everyone involved – is a key factor in recovery. “No stroke is by the book. Everybody is different, and everybody responds to the therapies differently. It can be frustrating if a patient isn’t progressing like they should, but that’s when we try different things,” Wyble says. “And for me, as an occupational therapist by trade, it is so rewarding when somebody performs a daily living skill, like brushing their teeth or putting their shirt on, and they know they’re going to be able to do it on their own.”

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Family Matters From the moment a stroke occurs and through the rehab process, a patient’s family becomes a lifeline. “Patients find great comfort in knowing that a loved one is there,” Wuermser says. “It’s very frightening. Even if you’ve lost the ability to speak, you can look around and see concern, you can hear the tone of someone’s voice. Knowledge that a loved one is there and understanding

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Jeff Kagan: Time Heals Jeff Kagan’s children thought he was joking when he went into a Starbucks while on vacation and ordered a cheeseburger. “I thought I ordered coffee,” he says. “I had no idea that the word ‘cheeseburger’ is what I said.” Several other odd behaviors, like leaving the car in drive and sleeping for hours during the middle of the day, led his family to realize that something was wrong. The then 46-year-old husband, father and well-known technology industry analyst was brought to a hospital in Hilton Head, SC, and diagnosed as having had a stroke. It was 2004, and while it may sound impossible, Kagan was told that, aside from a pharmaceutical regimen to prevent a future stroke, there was no real treatment for him. “I was told to let time heal,” he says. “I could talk, and I could walk. If you didn’t know me, you wouldn’t know I had a stroke.” Yet his memory was greatly impaired, and he had trouble thinking clearly. When he met someone, he would forget their name before their handshake had ended. e tried his best to find a sense o normalcy as his brain took its own time to heal. During the first fi e years, elt wa es o recovery,” he remembers. “Every three or four months, I would feel a wave taking over my brain. Suddenly, I could do more things. By year fi e, he was able to write a book, “Life After Stroke: On the Road to eco ery. ow fi e years later, he is working full time and busier than ever. He is even working on a second book about stroke recovery. “Stroke changes your life,” Kagan concludes. “In the beginning, it can be like hell. You don’t have control over different parts of your life. But you have to keep working day in and day out for years. You’ll take two steps forward and one step back, but don’t get discouraged. Life will get better. Recovery will happen. Just keep a positive attitude.” BEST SELF ATLANTA

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The Bottom Line When a patient follows his or her rehab plan and sticks to it, recovery will occur. That is the most important thing to remember in this type of situation. “If you stay positive, you will recover,” Odiomene says. “You will get those skills back.” It may take many months or even years, but the recovery will happen. According to Wright, “You can continue to have gains years after you’ve had a stroke.” While there is no guarantee that a stroke survivor will get back to being 100 percent, the improvement can be dramatic, and the activities that brought happiness before can be done again. “When you’re first coming out of a stroke, your life has changed. It’s a scary time,” Wyble says. “But you have the capability to recover. We see it every day.” Wuermser concludes, “Life may never be the same, but there is life after stroke. There is joy to be had.” Editorial Resources American Stroke Association – strokeassociation.org Tiffany LeCroy, MSN, RN, FNP-C, ACNS-BC, CRRN, Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center at The Shepherd Center – shepherd.org Melissa Nalder, RN, BSN, Eastside Medical Center – eastsidemedical.com National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke – ninds.nih.gov National Stroke Association – stroke.org Chika Odioemene, MSN, RN, NP, DeKalb Medical Center – dekalbmedical.org Keith A. Sanders, MD, Atlanta Neurology, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital – atlantaneurology.net, emoryhealthcare.org Kelly Wright, PT, DPT, DeKalb Medical Center – dekalbmedical.org Lisa-Ann Wuermser, MD, Grady Memorial Hospital – gradyhealth.org Elizabeth Wyble, OTR/L, Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital – emoryhealthcare.org bestselfatlanta.com

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Kim Phuong Nguyen: Getting Past PostStroke Depression When Kim Phuong Nguyen woke up one morning, she got out of bed and fell to the ground. “I couldn’t get back up. My body had become jelly,” recalls the Emory Healthcare pharmacist and mother of fi e, who was 52 at the time. At that moment, I didn’t think I had had a stroke. But when I tried to raise my left hand, it just dropped. I couldn’t control it.” Quickly, she realized what was happening. Her husband called 911, and the dispatcher told them to get to the emergency room immediately. The diagnosis was a stroke, but it was an unusual case. The stroke had been brought on by Moyamoya Disease, a rare, progressi e cerebro ascular disorder caused by blocked arteries at the base of the brain. Without surgery, the disease can be fatal. The problem was that Nguyen had to complete the therapy rom her stroke be ore she could ha e that important procedure. She was able to ha e outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy at the Emory Stroke Center, spending one hour on each modality se eral days a week. A riend dro e her to the acility, where she had to work to reco er her ability to do the technical side of her job as a pharmacist. “I would screw and unscrew a bottle for 30 minutes. I did a lot of puzzles. But my hands would hurt,” she says. She got tired ery uickly and ound herself falling into a depression. “I had to put my faith in God,” she notes. “I would go to church e ery day, and we would ha e a prayer group.” That sense of community and connection helped her work through her poststroke depression. One month after her stroke, she was able to ha e the surgery. mmediately, she elt a di erence. A ter the surgery, functioned like normal. It was like nothing had changed, she says. And while she does still get tired at times, she has learned when to scale back and take breaks. Most importantly, though, she tries to see the experience as a positi e one. ou ha e to look at it as lucky, she concludes. “The stroke happened, but I was still young enough to ha e the surgery. It was caught at such an early stage that I was able to gain e erything back. m ust so grateful, and I’m so happy.” BEST SELF ATLANTA

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Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a non-

scalps, LLLT has been shown to:

surgical option for those with hair loss

Increase cell metabolism and improve the

LLLT is a treatment option that can help

will help the patients have thicker, supple,

or thinning hair. A form of phototherapy,

health of blood vessels in the scalp that

stabilize hair loss. Clinical studies have

and more resilient hair.

shown that LLLT can halt the progression

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treatment has also led to re-growth of hair follicles in many patients. LLLT is ideal for those who do not require surgery, or are

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Halt the progression of hair loss. In some cases, encourage the re-growth of hair.

Promote distribution of nutrients and oxygen to the hair roots.

Increase melanin production in hair

follicles, sometimes darkening gray hairs. Stimulate the glands for hair that looks silkier.

provide maintenance to the hair that has been transplanted and

to help strengthen and help the re-growth speed up.

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Serving Up Beauty Atlantan Sha’Donna O’Neal named her hair care line “Nancy’s Kitchen Products” after her beloved maternal grandmother and the way her family’s kitchen also served as their beauty parlor. Formulated with natural ingredients, the line offers silk buttercream deep cleansing wash, silk buttercream argan conditioner, deep moisture masque, hair growth oil and a shea olive hair smoothie. Nancy’s Kitchen Products are great for all hair textures, especially those craving moisture. Details: 1290 Gresham Road #7956, Marietta, GA, (844) 545-6224, nancyskitchenproducts.com

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May 1 THE BIG BASH Formerly known as The Big Splash, this black tie event at the Foundry at Puritan Mill benefits the Marcus Autism Center. choa.org

May 2 DANCING STARS OF ATLANTA Watch 12 local celebrity dancers compete to support the Alzheimer’s Association Georgia Chapter. act.alz.org

May 2 CROHN’S AND COLITIS WALK Take steps at the Georgia World Congress Center to find a cure for digestive diseases. ccfa.org

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May 16 A TONY EVENING Head to Buckhead’s Alliance Theatre to support the theater’s educational and artistic programs. alliancetheatre.org

Exilis Body Sculpting Buy 5 sessions and get the 6th free! Bonus-10% Off our Luminesce Anti-Aging Serum!

May 30 ATLANTA KIDNEY WALK

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At Turner Field, join the nation’s largest walk to promote awareness about kidney disease. donate.kidney.org

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BACK ON MY FEET GOLF CLASSIC Grab your golf clubs for this third annual golf classic benefiting Back on My Feet Atlanta. atlanta.backonmyfeet.org

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May 7 TASTE OF THE NATION This 27th annual tasting event at the Georgia Aquarium supports No Kid Hungry as they fight childhood hunger. nokidhungry.org/atlanta

May 11 WOMEN OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE FASHION SHOW This stylish event at the St. Regis Atlanta honors eight remarkable women and benefits Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. choa.org

May 15 2ND ANNUAL PROJECT THINK PINK GALA Project THINK PINK invites guests to The Venetian Room to promote breast cancer awareness. facebook.com/projectthinkpink

May 16 THE SPIRIT OF KATE’S CLUB GALA This annual gala at Loews Atlanta Hotel benefits Kate’s Club, a nonprofit

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