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Vol. 13, Issue 150

Templeton Chair Hockey

“Dedicated to Excellence”

Sept 13, 2012

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RECIPE: Egg sandwich (microwave)

ENCOURAGEMENTS 1. Don’t let yourself be controlled by these three things: Your past, people or money. 2. You don’t need to attend every argument you are invited to.

Ingredients: 1 .............. Egg 1 tbsp ...... Milk 2 slices .... White bread Salt and pepper to taste (optional) 1 slice ...... Cheese Directions: 1. Crack the egg into a microwave-safe cereal bowl and whisk in the milk. Season with salt and pepper. Cook in the microwave on 100% power for 1 to 2 minutes, or until cooked through. 2. While the egg is cooking, toast the bread. Use a spoon to remove the cooked egg from the bowl and set it on one piece of toast. Top with a slice of cheese and the other piece of toast. Cook in the microwave until cheese is melted, about 15 seconds. Eggs are considered as the best nutritious breakfast item. Eggs are available throughout the year and are essential ingredient of various delicious meals (baked good and sauces).

3. Actions speak louder than words. We can apologize over and over but if our actions don’t change, the words become meaningless. 4. Running away from your problems is a race you’ll never win. 5. If you want to soar in life, you must first learn TO F.L.Y. (First Love yourself). LIFE is an echo… What you send out — comes back What your sow — you reap What you give — you get

Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address: 204– 2929 Nootka Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada Published every month, if possible. Contributions are always welcome. The articles should be in, not later than day 25th day of every month. Disclaimer: The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: articles, submissions and spotlights are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Templeton Stroke Recovery or the editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review. Editor reserves the right at any time to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this periodical to share a variety of viewpoints mostly from stroke survivors. September 2012 Contributors: Loy Lai, Ollie Stogrin Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email:

What you see in others — exists in you

Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Remember, life is an echo It always gets back to you So, give goodness.

Inside this issue:

—submitted by Loy Lai Templeton Stroke Recovery

“A lot of problems would never be a problem, if we could learn to talk TO each other instead of ABOUT each other.” “There’s life after stroke”

Recipe...Egg Sandwich using





Last Month’s Happening


Jose’s Notes, Jim Internet Joke


30 Gold Coins, Diabetes


North to Alaska

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery Here it is almost Halloween? I’m still wondering where summer went to? Some of our members are still on vacation, like Gabriel. He did say that he was going away for two months. The rest of our members are all back. We spent September getting re-organized and it usually takes that long to get in together as a group.

As it seems, during the summer season there’s so many activities our members are involved in plus having vacationing relatives Just like I had this summer while we were off. I still feel like I need a vacation after the vacation.

We did have a bus trip to Harrison Hot Spring on Sept. 27th, only another group had a river planned and we couldn’t enough members to fill our bus so we cancelled that. Wrong time of year. To many things going after summer vacation for a lot of people. Unfortunately, we could not go on a city harbor cruise as HandyDart was not available to take us to foot of Denman Street where the boats for the harbor cruise are docked and another problem was the Sept. 30, there are no more city harbor tours at all, end of summer season! It was the same with Burnaby’s Heritage Village Park, they are also closed after Sept. 30. So, we lucked for those outings.

missed a Templeton meeting, because Burnaby Hospital discharged me on Wednesday (Sept. 5) so that I could go to Templeton meeting the next day—Jose’)

We are taking our members Bowling (Oct. 4) which they enjoyed earlier this year and it was suggested that we go every two (2) months; which we should try doing after Xmas.

Our Jose’ broke is record of never having missed a Templeton group meetings! Which is very remarkable indeed! He ended in the hospital. That’s the only reason he missed a meeting. (Actually, I didn’t

I’m happy to report that he has recovered and back at our program on Thursdays. He’s such a dependable member. I don’t think a lot of people that are diabetics realize about serious diabetes can be which is why Jose’ landed in the hospital. Diet is very important. Make sure the gaps between your meals are short. I know it’s difficult to keep on a diet, unfortunately, so many temptations. Key and Helen missed this last Thursday (Sept. 27) as both came down with cold and didn’t want to ‘share it’ with us. Which I’m happy that they didn’t share the cold with us. Olga is helping out in the kitchen. We need a supervisor! Ahh, anyway, she loves to help out! It was nice to see Diane back “There’s life after stroke”

again! As she had a bad fall. So, we are happy she has mended again. George was away being involved in a research but been back again this week. It was the same with our John Boynton. We don’t see him often as he also gets involved in research to do with health and his time is spent there. Again, we have a new volunteer. Her name is Rita and she comes from South Vancouver on her bike. That’s quite an early morning exercise! Welcome, Rita. Trevor is back...also. He has been busy working during summer but back again helping us out. He’s just the best ‘all around’ volunteer that Templeton has had! He has many talents. If anyone needs a handyman, Trevor is your man! I’m sure there’s member out there that need a handyman around the yard or house…??? We hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Only thanksgiving will be almost over by the time this news is out in print. Have to get more on the ‘Net. It’s also good for brain exercise. Happy Thanksgiving!!! See you all next month! — by Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery

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Community Pharmacy Outreach Program (CPOP) is partnered with the Canadian Diabetes Association is committed to provide you support & advice. Pharmacy staff who are knowledgeable about diabetes and can give you support and advice for managing your diabetes. Healthy tips for DIABETICS Simple natural tips which can be followed easily

1. Eat food at fixed hours. 2. Do not eat immediately after a workout. 3. Do not over eat. 4. If you are on insulin, make sure you have three proper meals with light snacks in between. 5. Do not eat fast; masticate and munch your food well before you swallow. 6. Drink a lot of water that will help flush the toxins off your system. 7. Make sure the gaps between your meals are short. 8. Avoid fried foods and sweetmeats. 9. Include fresh vegetable salad in every meal.


In a criminal justice system based on 12 individuals not smart enough to get out of jury duty, here is a jury to be proud of: A defendant was on trial for murder. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no corpse. In the defense’s closing statement, the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. “Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I have a surprise for you all,” the lawyer said as he looked at his watch. “Within one minute, the person presumed dead in this case will walk in to this courtroom.” He looked toward the courtroom door.

Finally, the lawyer said, “Actually, I made up the previous statement But, you all looked on with anticipation. I, therefore, put it to you that you have a reasonable doubt in this case as to whether anyone was killed, and I insist that you return a verdict of not guilty.” The jury retired to deliberate. A few minutes later, the jury returned and pronounced a verdict of guilty. “But how?” inquired the lawyer. “You must have had some doubt; I saw all of you stare at the door.” The jury foreman replied, “Yes, we did look, BUT your client Didn’t.” —joke submitted by Jim Walmsley Delta Stroke Recovery MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Easter BLAST 2013

The jurors, somewhat stunned, all looked on eagerly.

Mar 29 - Apr 1, 2013

A minute passed. Nothing happened.

Dec. 15, 2012. Registration will begin after Labor Day


10. Do, at least, 1 hour exercise daily.

Early bird deadline


1. Who HELP you in your difficult times.

11. Add wheat bran to your wheat flour or bread (50% bread + 50% wheat bran).

2. Who LEFT you in your difficult times. 3. Who PUT you in your difficult times.

—by Jose Suganob Templeton Stroke Recovery “There’s life after stroke”

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Morning walk reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke. It improves the circulation of blood. Walk raises the HDL levels which is good cholesterol and lower the levels of LDL bad cholesterol) plus it strengthen the heart muscles and dilates the blood vessels.

Once upon a time, there was a selfish man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.

DIABETES Diabetes can lead to serious complications and premature death. 80% of Canadians with diabetes die from a heart attack or a stroke. 42% of new kidney dialysis patients in 2004 had diabetes. Diabetes is the single leading cause of blindness in Canada. 7 to 10 non-traumatic limb amputations are the result of diabetes complications. 25% of people with diabetes suffer from depression. The life expectancy for people with type 1 may be shortened by as much as 15 years. The life expectancy for people with type 2 diabetes may be shortened by 5 to 10 years.

One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend’s house and told him how he lost his gold coins. He friend was a kind man. As his friend’s daughter was coming from an errand, she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived home she told her father what she had found. The girl’s father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed them to him. After counting the gold coins , the selfish said that ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him. But the girl’s father refused. The selfish man left the gold coins and to the court and

informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl’s father. The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived, the judge asked the girl how many gold did she find. She replied thirty gold coins. The judge then asked the selfish man how many gold coins did he lose and he answered forty gold coins. The judge then told the selfish man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl. The judge told the selfish man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins, he will send for him. It was then that the selfish man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him. This story teaches us to be always honest as dishonest never pays.

MAN ON A SMALL DESERT ISLAND joke only A cruise ship passes a small desert island. Everyone watches as a ratty-looking bearded man runs out on the beach and starts shouting and waving his hands. “Who’s that?” asks one of the passengers. “There’s life after stroke”

“I have no idea,” replies the captain. “But every year we sail past, and he goes nuts.” —joke only

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NORTH TO ALASKA —Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group

FOOT DROP Impact on a stroke survivor’s life

I know, it is tough, but somebody has to do it. Once (maybe more often) a year, we are supposed to have our time of rest, if we are retired. We have to break free from a relaxing sleep and although doing nothing to enjoy ourselves and have holidays. Please, don’t feel sorry for us retirees. Life is hard enough for us.

Impact on a stroke survivor’s life...

This year, my wife and I decided to travel to Alaska. I had experienced the North more than 40 years ago and wondered how much it had changed. We flew to Whitehorse in Yukon Territory, then by motor coach to Dawson City, and by river boat and bus to Tok and Fairbanks then through the Denali Park to Anchorage and back to Vancouver by cruise ship. I had forgotten the stark beauty of the landscape and I was not prepared for all the changes which I was trying to absorb. Beauty? Who cares, where is my sleep?

Whitehorse is now a lively city with traffic lights almost unrecognizable from what it was in the ‘old days.’ And, Dawson City? Forty years ago, I thought it was on its way to being a ghost town. Now, it is a tourist destination. And, Fairbanks, Denali and Anchorage? New buildings, whole new streets, economically alive! What is the reason? Tourism? High commodity prices? I don’t know! But, gone are the ‘good old days’ where the North consisted of ‘drinking holes’ and little else. Do I sound like an ‘old-timer’?

I had remembered all the wildlife one is supposed to see in Alaska. We only saw 5 bears and 2 moose. Of course, I forgot, it was hunting season and I forgot that I always suspected that the animals had somehow learned to read the hunting rules, too. How the North has changed! It is not anymore a place for old-timers. Back to sleep! —by Werner Stephan, West Vancouver Group North Shore Stroke Recovery Center “There’s life after stroke”

A change in normal walking pattern affects a stroke person’s ability to safely and independently his/her way around the house and community. Foot Drop can result in slower walking, fatigue at short distances, higher energy use, pain and a lot of falls. A person with Foot Drop may choose to walk less often and require more assistance to do so safely. All these challenges affect the person’s quality of life and ability to be an active member of the community. When asked to explain how Foot Drop has affected his life. “Foot drop has made the ability to walk and be functional a challenge. I hesitated to go anywhere because I was so unstable and I was so slow in my walking. I was constantly left behind in a crowd.” Foot Drop is one of the most common walking challenges caused by stroke. A survivor with Foot Drop cannot raise the front part of the foot because of the weakness or paralysis of the muscle(s) that normally lift the foot when walking. Depending on the cause and extent of the muscle weakness, Foot Drop can be temporary or permanent.

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