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“Dedicated to Excellence”

Photo by Karel Ley

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RECIPE: Turkey Goulash


Ingredients: 1 lb ......... Ground lean turkey 1 (14 oz) can, Stewed, diced Tomatoes 3 cloves ... Garlic, minced 1 cup ....... Tomato sauce 2 tsp ....... White sugar 1/2 tsp .... Dried basil 1 (16 oz) package, Bow-tie pasta Directions: 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the turkey until browned. 2. Stir in the stewed tomatoes, garlic, tomato sauce, sugar and basil, and then simmer for about 20 minutes. 3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente, and then drain. Combine the pasta and turkey mixture; toss and serve.

Templeton Newsletter Mailing Address:

204– 2929 Nootka Street, Hemianopsia is the loss Vancouver, BC V5M 4K4 Canada of half of the visual field. Published every month, if possible. Contributions are A person with hemianop- always welcome. sia only sees a portion of The articles should be in, not later the visual field from each than day 25th day of every month. eye. Hemianopsia is classified by Disclaimer: where the missing visual field is The views expressed in Stroke Recoverer’s Review newsletter: located. articles, submissions and spotlights Outer half of each visual field are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of (bitemporal) Templeton Stroke Recovery or the The same half of each visual field editor of Stroke Recoverer’s Review Editor reserves the right at any time (homonymous) to make changes as it deems necessary. It is the purpose of this Right half of each visual field periodical to share a variety of view(right homonymous) points mostly from stroke survivors.

Left half of each visual field (left June 2013 Contributors: homonymous) Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin

Upper half of each visual field Deb Chow (superior) Karel Ley

Jim Walmsley

Lower half of each visual field Werner Stephan (inferior) Jose Suganob Vision loss can range from mild to severe. The likelihood that it will improve depends on area of the brain affected by the stroke. Reading strategies - You may want to use a ruler or sticky note to mark the beginning or end of text. You will know that you have not reached the end of the line until you see the sticky note. Some people with hemianopsia benefit from turning a text and reading it vertically (up and down), rather than horizontally (side to side).

Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Inside this issue: Recipe..Turkey Goulash




Last Month’s Happening


I-jokes..Drink Over Ice...


BLAST Dinner.. Strides for Strokes


—by Loy Lai, Stroke survivor Templeton Stroke Recovery Jose Notes - Delta Stroke Recovery ‘Politically Correct’ Eating “There’s life after stroke”

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery I hope everyone celebrated Canada Day? It was a hot one . It’s very unusual to have 30 degree weather, on the 1st of July in Vancouver, we won’t complain... It seems, I say this every month that it has been a busy month. Maybe it’s that way with every group? I would like to know how other groups manage. They must also been busy or is it just Templeton that a lot going? This month was ‘Strides for Strokes’ or some call it ‘WalkA-Thon.’ It’s too bad that some how SRABC hasn’t figured out how to have this walk, in one place, we don’t make much of a showing, such as when Heart & Stroke are out there or Cancer Run, every is aware. But, not with our groups, we don’t even have the day. Why? We are scattered all over the map. June was a different month for us. For one thing, our coordinator went on a vacation to Thailand for 3 weeks. We had Katelyn come in as Shazya’s relief which we were lucky to have Katelyn (former volunteer) fill in her place. As, I’m not very good at being a one woman show! Been there, done that, for the last 19 years. Filling in for who ever is missing, still waiting to get paid? aahhh. Regarding volunteers; we are

lucky to be able to get volunteers We know that without volunteers, there would be no SRABC, as Stroke Recovery is a volunteer-driven organization. It’s a shame that we are not recognized for the work we do to help our members. Volunteering is a job, unpaid, given from the heart, to make the world a better place for stroke survivors to live a better life. We are so proud when our members are able to cope with their disabilities knowing we gave our time to brighten their day.

members. She has only been doing it for about 22 years! We have a volunteer from Holland Charlotte is on vacation from Holland and has been going to the different groups to find out what our groups do for our members. That’s a nice way to find out first hand on what we do. Wonderful experience for her and us. We are also planning to have a bus trip to Minter Garden in Sept We will let you know more next month. As, it’s a shame that they are closing their gardens forever so we feel we should have a tour of these wonderful gardens. Part of beautiful BC will be no more.

A prime example, Debbie Chow, who from her computer managed to get help from the community and getting donation funding for Thank you for all of you that Walkathon at Templeton (a one contribute to this newsletter, we person show) not only that she appreciate your input revived Easter Camp 3 years ago —Ollie Stogrin Now known as BLAST as it was Templeton Stroke Recovery labor-intensive for SRABC. BLAST is a ‘totally volunteer driven’ Templeton Annual Picnic 2013 camp! Then, there is Jose, his Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013 monthly newsletter is known 10am—2pm province (Australia, too). This was Place: Trout Lake, John Hendry Park, Vancouver his baby years ago. Other groups Entrance by 19th Ave between Nanaimo St. and started doing their own newsletter Victoria Drive from reading Jose’s newsletter. HandyDart users, address is: Now, almost every group has 2105 19th Ave, Vancouver, BC some sort of news for their Fun and Games!!! members. This is why, we are very proud of our members It’s a Potluck! helping our group. All this is Our members will bring Italian, Chinese, Japanese, ‘volunteering’ driven. Polish and Canadian mouth-watering food! We are so happy to have Olga, Reesa, Helena and now we have to help with our program. All very much appreciated. Thank so much. We wish to thank Key for all the hours she puts in on doing HandyDART bookings for our “There’s life after stroke”

For those who cannot bring food, cost is $6

Everybody is welcome to join! Call for more information: Ollie: 604-434-3609 Key : 604-434-6513 RSVP: by July 19, 2013 Page 3

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NEW!!!...For Senior Travel


privilege. We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent. Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Draft dodgers The grandson asked his were those who closed front grandmother what she thought doors as the evening breeze about the computer age and just started. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in things in general. the evening and weekends—not The grandmother replied, “Well, purchasing condominiums. We let me think a minute; I was never heard of FM radios, tape born before television, penicillin, decks, CD’s, electric typewriters, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, yogurt, or guys wearing earcontact lenses, Frisbees and the rings. We listened to Big Bands, pill and there were no credit Jack Benny, and the President’s cards, laser beams or ball-point speeches on our radios. If you pens and further more, man had saw anything with ‘Made in not yet invented pantyhose, Japan’ on it, it was junk. Pizza air conditioners, dishwashers, Hut, McDonald’s, and instant clothes dryers and the clothes coffee were unheard of. We had were hung out to dry in the 5 and 10-cent stores where you fresh air and man hadn’t yet could actually buy things for 5 & walked on the moon. Your 10 cents. In my day; ‘grass’ was grandfather and I got married mowed, ‘coke’ was a cold drink, first, and then lived together. ‘pot’ was something your mother Every family had a father and a cooked in and ‘rock music’ was mother. Until I was 25, I called y our grandmother’s lullaby , every man older than me, ‘Sir,’ ‘chip’ meant a piece of wood, and after I turned 25, I still ‘software’ wasn’t even a word. called policeman and every man We were the last generation to with a title, ‘Sir.’ We were before actually believe that a lady gay-rights, computer-dating, needed a husband to have a dual careers, daycare centers, baby. We volunteered to protect and group therapy. Our lives our precious country. No wonder were gov erned by the Ten people call us ‘old & confused’ & Commandments, good judgment, say there is a generation gap. and common sense. We were How old do you think I am? Are taught to know the difference you ready?” This woman would between right and wrong and be only 59 years old. She would to stand up and take responsibility have been born in late 1952. for our actions. Serving your country was a privilege; living in —i-joke submitted by Jim Walmsley this country was a bigger Stroke survivor “There’s life after stroke” One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events.

I did not know this…

When you drink vodka over ice, it can give you kidney failure. When you drink rum over ice, it can give you liver failure. When you drink whiskey over ice, it can give you heart problems. When you drink gin over ice, it can give you brain problems. Apparently, ice is really bad for you. Warn all your friends.


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When: Monday, July 15, 2013

We had our Strides for Strokes and Awareness BLAST fundraiser on Sunday (June 23, 2013) There were strok e simulations from GF Strong Rehab, wheelchairs and walkers for people to see what it might be like for stroke survivors. Well…..a hint of what it may be like. There were also brain games from Nognz, which kept our volunteers from the UBC Brain Behavior Lab busy. Teva and Jetson collected coins ($74) to put in the bank.

6 pm Where: Tom and Jerry Restaurant

2828 East Hastings Street Vancouver, BC (near intersection of Hastings St. and Renfrew St) Join us for dinner. Maybe we’ll try throw out random things to do together. Just creating an opportunity for Building Life After Stroke Together. Everyone pays their own. Meals are $10. Soft drinks are bottomless (no charge for refills). Let me know if you are coming so, I can give the restaurant a heads up. There’s lots of room for wheelchairs and scooters. If you are on Facebook, you can get added information by searching: BLAST Dinner Email or call Deb at 604-253 2390 after 11 am.

‘SUSPENDED’ COFFEE... This story will warm you better than a coffee in a cold winter day...

We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give o u r o r d e r . W h i l e we’re approaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter. “Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.” They pay for their order, take the two and leave. I ask my friend, “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?” “Wait for it and you will see.”

Sharp, UBC Brain Lab - Katharine Cheung and Sonia Brodie. Hastings Association, Templeton PoolShannon, Jennifer and Dorothy. Our special event Volunteers Jo-Anne, Laurie, Brayan, Wilma, Daniel and guest from the Netherlands, Charlotte. Last, but not least, Templeton Stroke Recovery members and BLAST Ambassadors.

Considering, we had fewer people, they gave generously and had fun. Surprisingly, the floor made close to the same as last year. Funds trickled in after the event last year, Unfortunately, we didn’t get the so, I am hopeful more will come in. turnout we had last year. It was —Deb Chow the same date, only last year it Stroke survivor, BLAST was Saturday. Both years called for rain and we managed to stay dry. Many thanks to: Grandview/ Woodland Community Policing Center volunteers (Maree, Laura, Elden, Amanda, Akmal, Gurbir and Tammy), Dr. Justin Davis-Nognz contribution, GF Strong-Kelly Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended.’ While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees, I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square in front of the café. Suddenly, a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly a s k s, “Do you have a “There’s life after stroke”

‘suspended’ coffee?” It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm beverage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places and in some places you can order not only a sandwich or a whole meals.” Lets try to embrace this tradition at your local coffee shop/café. If you can, donate a ‘suspended coffee or meal’ to someone in need. Maybe someone will be inspired by your actions and pay the good deed forward. Sharing is caring... Page 5

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We went to Granville Island (6/13/2013) for our outing and the sun was out that day, too. It was Thursday and many tourists came, I think, news goes around! Our members ate lunch at the Granville Island Food Court and I took group photos for our album… June 20, 2013 - Better Meals lady got her presentation and we got free food samples. Established 1993, it offers a wide selection of affordable, nutritious and ready-to-eat full course meals and a la carte food items. Better Meals’ large menu provides for healthy and enjoyable eating. Their menu offers many choices. Choose from their list of full course dinner, fresh salads, sandwiches, as well as their seasonal specials. No MSG or preservatives are added. Natural spices are used to reduce or replace sodium Freezer to table approximately cooking time: Microwave - 5 minutes and Oven - 30 minutes. Meal containers are easy to dispose of and are biodegradable. Delivered weekly to your door. If you are a Veteran: They are Registered Service Provider for Veterans Independence Program

—by Jose Suganob Templeton Stroke Recovery

Greg Watts, Tsawwwassen Order O.B. President visited the Delta Branch Stroke Recovery on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Tsawwassen Order O.B., President, Greg Watts, was so impressed with the grass roots volunteer organization providing recovery progra ms for surv iv ors and their caregivers. He presented a cheque in the amount of $1,000 from members of the TOOB to be applied to programs that need funding support. As Delta group members were celebrating the taste of local strawberries with home made shortcake and whipped cream. Greg was photographed in the kitchen where some of the club’s volunteers were preparing food the luncheon which is part of their weekly sessions. Gratefully accepting the cheque were branch coordinator, Dawn Sillett “There’s life after stroke”

and director, Karel Ley, who founded the Delta group in April 1996. 40 Delta group members are served weekly at the United Church, Tsawwassen, in addition to Thursday sessions; using the well-equipped New Day Gymnasium in the medical center on 56 th Street. Anne Herringer, physical trainer, leads these sessions with the help of volunteers to assist the members. W i th e n ou gh s up p o r t f r o m community supporters, the hope is to return to weekly music therapy sessions held in the Delta Music School Thursdays. For additional details of programs offered through Delta Stroke Recovery group, please contact coordinator: Dawn Sillett—604319-6775 or

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‘POLITICALLY CORRECT’ EATING—Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group Is there such a thing? Judge yourself: For years now, there have been reports in the press that farmers in the ‘third world’ no longer can afford quinoa, a traditional food, because prices, a result of worldwide demand, have risen too high. Does that make sense? Why have the farmers not changed their crop if they have not already done so? Climate? Soil conditions? Are there any other factors we have not yet thought of? I read that Hannah Wittman, an assistant professor at UBC, laughed when she was asked by telephone in Bolivia about this story which, she said, was told for, at least, a decade. According to a thesis, written by one of her students, traditional foods in many school programs of third world countries, like Bolivia, are becoming less popular in favor of ’junk food’ prevalent in Western diets. It is a fact, that truth can be selective and tricky. We must not forget that almost all stories have two opposing and perfectly valid view points, depending on who writes them, what his or her life experiences are and what the story purpose of that writer is.

The dinner table can be an ethical minefield. Let’s use, as an example, shark fin soup, normally a ‘nobrainer.’ But, there are different opinions, I am sure, between a drowning sailor, surrounded by hungry sharks and an armchair seated environmentalist. This extreme example, fairly chosen or not, has also a whiff of animal cruelty about it. Or, how about chickens and pigs raised in dusty barns; or beef cattle fattened in massive feeding lots? Food industry representatives counter that in order to produce meat costeffectively, industrial methods have to be used. If parents can no longer afford to buy food, what is preferable: free-range chickens or healthy children? Is there an alternative? Some see vegetarian eating as a possibility since the production of meat takes much more energy than vegetarian food, which does not conjure the image of animal suffering. Some are buying only ’free range’ animal products at high monetary costs. But, all that is only a temporary measure. The earth’s population is rapidly growing larger and has already reached well over 7 billion people. Food prices are increasing faster and faster and in some countries we have already seen food riots. Eventually, some form of population control, with harsh methods of enforcement, will be necessary. The political backlash will be severe. “There’s life after stroke”

Enough of ‘doomsday’ scenario! The problem is that I can’t think of anything funny to say about food shortage. I can’t think of any solution either. If we look at history, in the Middle Ages, the plague certainly provided some sort of natural solution. In the pre-Columbian North America, encounte rs with European explorers introduced diseases, like small-pox and measles, into the population, with a death rate of around 90%. This provided population control. In Europe, the agricultural and industrial revolution and also the introduction of mass-vaccinations, dramatically decreased child mortality from around 75% in London/ England in the mid 17-hundred to around 32% in the early 18hundred. Should we see that as desirable? I think, we all do, but how about the future? Remember different viewpoints? Population control is going to be our overwhelming challenge in the 21st and 22nd century. while you can!!! And, enjoy your food as I do. Especially chocolate. —by Werner Stephan Stroke survivor, West Vancouver Group North Shore Stroke Recovery Center “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness with you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” Page 7