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“Dedicated to Excellence�

May 2012

Birthdays in May: Constantino & Llyod

Templeton Turtles practice on track oval for Strides... Angela and Constantino

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RECIPE: Buffalo Chicken Wings

ENCOURAGEMENTS Success always hugs you in private, but failure always slaps you in public! That’s life…

Ingredients: 2 lbs ............... Chicken wings (about 12 wings) 3 tbsp............. Butter, melted 4 tbsp............. Bottled hot pepper (Frank’s Original is the best!) 1 tbsp............. Paprika 1/2 tsp............ Salt 1/2 tsp............ Cayenne pepper 1/4 tsp............ Black pepper Directions: 1. Cut off wing tips and then, cut the wings at the joint. Put chicken wings pieces in a plastic bag. Set aside. 2. Stir together the melted butter, hot pepper sauce, paprika, salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper. Pour all but 2 tbsp of the marinade over the chicken pieces in the plastic bag. (Reserve marinade for coating after the pieces come out of the oven). Seal bag and let marinate at room temperature for half an hour. 3. Place wing pieces on the rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for about 10 minutes on each side, until chicken is tender and no longer pink. Remove from oven and baste with reserved marinade. Serve with a dip of your choice and lots of celery & carrots. Makes about 24 chicken wings.

Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen. Move on. It’s just a chapter in the past. But, don’t close the book. Just turn the page… Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out alive - Sir Bugs Bunny Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But before you start pointing fingers, make your hands are clean. - Bob Marley —submitted by Loy Lai Templeton Stroke Recovery

THAT AWKWARD MOMENTS: That awkward moment when you realize that your unbelievable solitaire skills are in direct proportion to how much time you spend alone. That awkward moment when you say goodbye to someone and both of you walk the same direction.

“There’s life after stroke”

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. May 2012 Contributors: Loy Lai Ollie Stogrin Jim Walmsley Werner Stephan Lillian T. Jose Suganob Production of SRR: Jose Suganob Email: Printing Pick-up Person: Ollie Stogrin

Inside this issue: Recipe...Encouragements


Awkward Moments


Last Month’s Happening


Jim Internet Joke, B.C.


Jose’s Notes, Diabetes


Is Old Age Like Old Wine?

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LAST MONTH’S HAPPENING —by Ollie Stogrin, Templeton Stroke Recovery This has been a very unusual month at Templeton. We have not had this many new members for ages. It’s wonderful that we have been recommended by other members, also by Holy Family Rehab. Our ‘new kids on the block’ are: Lillian Therriant and her caregiver, by the name of Monday ? Now, that’s a very unusual name. We have never had anyone named Monday. Welcome, Lillian and Monday. We, also, have another new member, another George. Only this George Piovesen and his wife, Tina. We welcome you. Since January 2012, we have had 6 new members. Don Leland and Larry Weir, came shortly after the new year. W elcome to our Templeton group. We hope, you all will find our members are very easy, fun and friendly to be with. Francisca Lim, our new volunteer, went to Hong Kong, attending her friend’s wedding. She will be back in 3 weeks which I’m happy about..she is a wonderful volunteer. We attended the Coquitlam Branch luncheon again this year. As always, it’s very entertaining. Fun, with lots of prizes and a good lunch. Our members enjoyed the outing and also, the weather cooperated. We will do it again next year. Our members have been having a Monday nite ‘dinner

o u t in g ’ o nc e a m o nth. Organized by Key, she books HandyDART for everyone that wants to attend. Last month, there were 22 members that went. As one can see, they enjoy being with each other, outside our Thursday program meetings. Only now, the Mondays are a busy time for HandyDART and it’s easier for them to take large groups, like ours on Tuesday. This month’s dinner was on Tuesday. Hope, this was suitable for everybody. Michelle Castaneda, SRABC Coastal Regional Director for our area, visited our branch to see what each branch does. SRABC provincial office would like to see each branch with a similar programs. Only that could be difficult as each branch has different needs. There always changes being studied to mak e branches programs better. I do think, Templeton tries to have a good program for our members. Last week, Olga came in for a visit. After many months away. To help me bring the lunch supplies. As you all know, that I don’t have wheels (for the time being). Helen Low, who was one of our volunteers for a long time, came to pay us a visit and treated the members with chocolates. She is now retired, so don’t be surprised to see her come to visit us more often, which would be great… Lorraine has been making soup for all of you. As it’s kind of “There’s life after stroke”

difficult to carry a pot of soup on the bus with me. Ahh! She offered to be the soup maker until I get my wheels...which could be a long time. As you all know, how slow government works. Lorraine is a great soup maker. I’m sure you all are enjoying the change. Also, thanks, Lorraine. As you all are aware that June 23, 2012 is ‘Strides for Strokes – Templeton’s First- walk, run, wheel. Debbie is in charge of, will be held at Templeton Park track oval. Hopefully, the sun will shine for this event. You all will come and ‘strides.’ Debbie will be giving the details weekly. The month of June is a big event in Jose’s life. He becomes a ‘Senior’ on June 1st. He is one of our most valuable member. Since he joined us (Templeton Branch) one year after we started our branch in 1994. Almost from the beginning, he is one of the ‘oldest’ member. In more ways than one, he has added to his talents, to the monthly ‘newsletter,’ which almost goes province wide to the other branches. I don’t know if some branches are aware that he is from Templeton Branch. He an example of our motto ‘There’s life After Stroke.’ And, now, the birthday cake! For our SENIOR JOSE. Happy Birthday! Till the month of July 26, which is our picnic at Trout Lake. All branches are invited. See you all next month! — by Ollie Stogrin Templeton Stroke Recovery Page 3

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B.C . (Bathroom Commode) - jokeonly


A father buys a liedetecting robot that slaps a person when he lies. The father decides to test it out on his son at supper. “Where were you last night?” The son, “I was at the library.” The robot slaps the son. “Okay, I was at a friend’s house.” “Doing what?” asks the father. “Watching a movie, ‘Toy Story’” The robot slaps the son. “Okay, it was porn!” cries the son. The father yells, “What? When I was your age, I didn’t know what porn was!” The robot slaps the father. The mother laughs and says, “He certainly is your son!” The robot slaps the mother. —Jokeonly

—submitted by Jim Walmsley Delta Stroke Recovery

MARK YOUR CALENDAR : Easter BLAST 2013: Mar 29 - Apr 1, 2013. Early bird deadline: Dec. 15, 2012. Registration will begin after Labour Day. Holding onto anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. —Buddha

My friend is a rather oldfashioned lady, always quite delicate and elegant - especially in her language. She and her husband were planning a week’s vacation in Florida, so she wrote to a particular campground and asked for reservations. She wanted to make sure the campground was fully equipped, but didn’t quite know how to ask about the toilet privileges in her letter. She finally came up with the term Bathroom Commode, and that being even too forward in her eyes, she abbreviated it to B.C. The campground owner wasn’t old-fashioned at all and when he got the letter he just couldn’t figure out what the woman was talking about or what B.C. stood for. Finally, he showed the letter to several campers and they all reached the conclusion that the lady must be talking about the local Baptist Church. So, the campground owner sent off the following letter in return: “Dear Madam: I regret very much the delay in answering your letter, but I now take pleasure in informing you that a B.C. is located nine miles north of the campground and is capable of seating 250 people at the same time. “There’s life after stroke”

I admit that it is quite a distance away and if you are in the habit of going regularly it may seem too far, but, no doubt, you will make a day of it, and you might be pleased to know that a great number of people take their lunches along, so you won’t feel alone, as they make a day of it, too. They usually arrive early and stay late. The last time my wife and I went was six years ago and it was so crowded we had to stand up whole time we were there. It may interest you to know that right now, there is a supper planned to raise money to buy more seats. They’re going to hold it in basement of the B.C. If you decide to come to our campground , perhaps I could go with you the first time, sit with you, and introduce you to all other folks. Remember, this is a friendly community!” -jokeonly

—submitted by LilianeT Templeton Stroke Recovery


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Heart and Stroke Foundation’s newsletter, Stroke Line - next issue, will feature the “Road to Recovery” of stroke survivor, Jose Suganob.

Is diabetes serious?

Frequent urination

If left untreated or improperly managed, diabetes can result in a variety of complications, including:

Weight change (gain or loss)

“He has discovered new talents and qualities about himself that he never knew existed. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagined himself singing in front of an audience. Now, he sings at church, and at special occasions, such as, the stroke branch Christmas party.”

Heart disease

-Helen Singh Jonathan Ross, writer from Heart and Stroke Foundation got my email address from Deb. And, he was looking for a story about stroke survivor for Heart and Stroke Foundation newsletter that used and benefited from the services available for care after a stroke. Many SRABC resources are supported by H&SF. I know to overcome ongoing challenges of life after a stroke is hard, but stroke survivors telling their stories for other stroke victims and general public, so that they will be aware there’s life after stroke. And, to those stroke survivors staying at home, maybe in your area there’s a stroke recovery group that you can join. Stroke Survivors helping stroke survivors.

Kidney disease Eye disease Impotence Nerve damage If you are aged 40 or older, you are at risk for type-2 diabetes and should be tested at least every three years. Being: A member of a high-risk group (Aboriginal, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian or African descent) Overweight (especially if you carry most your weight around your middle). Having: A parent, brother or sister with diabetes Health complications that are associated with diabetes Impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose High blood pressure High cholesterol or other fats in the blood What are the symptoms? Signs and symptoms of diabetes Unusual thirst

—Jose Suganob “There’s life after stroke”

Extreme fatigue or lack of energy Blurred vision F r equent infections


r ec ur r ing

Cuts and bruises that are slow to heal Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet Trouble getting or maintaining an erection People with diabetes can expect to live active, independent and vital lives if they make a lifelong commitment to careful diabetes management: Education - Diabetes education is an important first step. All people with diabetes need to be informed about their condition. Physical activity - Regular physical activity helps your body lower blood glucose levels, promotes weight loss, reduce stress & enhances overall fitness. Nutrition - What, when and how much you eat play an important role in regulating blood glucose levels. Weight management - Maintaining a healthy weight is especially important in the management of type 2 diabetes… ...More on the next issue Page 5

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IS OLD AGE LIKE OLD WINE? —Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center - West Vancouver Group Recently, I was witness to a heated discussion about aging. Old wine entered the argument; should it have? I would rather have listened to the song: ‘Forever Young.’ In my opinion, it would have been less depressing. But, maybe you have a different opinion? The Bible (Luke 5:39) claims that any man, who has drunk old wine would prefer it to the new wine. One is not supposed to argue with the Bible, but I think that one can compare old wine and old age only to a very limited degree. Where in old wine are frailty, the illness, the weakness of old age? And also, old wine can easily spoil very soon if it is of poor quality. On the other hand, there is life experience which one might compare to the aging of fine wine. I won’t equate spoilt old wine with the shortcomings of old age. Considering all, I don’t think that old wine and old age can be compared, even if it is very tempting. I like the following saying better because it is more realistic: ‘Old age is not for wimps.’ Firstly, we have to define what ‘old age’ is. To be ‘politically correct,’ old people are now ‘elderly.’ ‘Old’ is out, that is for people only, not for wine. Old age is difficult to define,

perhaps a more humorous definition yields better results, such as: I am very adept at opening childproof caps with a hammer. One sinks one’s teeth into a steak, and they stay there. I have read that men are not considered ‘old’ when they forget to button up their fly after going to the washroom, only if they forget to unbutton it before going. In many parts of the world, people are considered ‘old’ when they become grand-parents. But, there is always hope. Some individuals become famous in old age: Grandma Moses, American painter and folk artist Enrico Dandolo, who led the infamous Fourth Crusade when he was in his 80s Arthur Winston at age 100, when he retired from his job at L.A. Metro Ann Cooper, age 106, was active in Barak Obama’s campaign and was lauded in his victory speech How do we feel that we are getting older? There are ways to find out: 1. Everything that works hurts and what doesn’t hurt doesn’t work 2. Your children are beginning to look middle-aged 3. You look forward to a dull evening “There’s life after stroke”

There does not seem to be an agreement about when old age starts, therefore, back to wine. It would appear that the experts can’t even agree that wine improves with age. Some even call it a myth. They claim that with modern production methods, wine is best drunk when relatively young. So, the wisdom about old wine is obsolete. Only less than 4% of the commercial wines improve with age. Mind you, old age has been made more bearable, too. Getting old is becoming better than expected. A study recently correlated the expectancies of 18 year olds with reality: Suffer memory loss; 57% of the 18 year-old expected it, 25% actually do Not being able to drive; 45% expected it, 14% actually can’t Suffer a serious illness; 42% expected it, 21% do Not being sexually active; 34% expected it, 21% are not This difference between old age expectance of younger people and the actual reality influences rules and also the laws with regards to older people. Old age and old wine; it would appear that both are subject to outdated myth. It is said that if the gods love you, they will call you when you are still young. Is that a myth also? —by Werner Stephan, North Shore Stroke Recovery Center West Vancouver Group Page 6


Stroke recovery news May 2012