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Hi! My name is Joanie Peckels. I had a carotid dissection 22 years ago when I was 35. When I had my stroke I was totally paralyzed on my right side and I could not speak at all for 2 weeks. During that time I could not read or add 1 and 1 together. I had two little kids aged 6 and 8. I was right handed but now I’m left handed for the second half of my life! I have come a long way and now, I volunteer at PeaceHeath SW hospital as a Stroke Ambassador and I am a grandma! I have helped run the PeaceHealth Stroke and Brain Injury Group with the Stroke Coordinators there for about 14 years.

My contact info is 360-907-4457 or

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Hi Stroke & Brain Injury Group!

Here is a notice from Loving Them Forward's Caregiver Christmas Event!  Note, you have to register this year.

Zoom will be on Wednesday December 8th at 11:00 this week!



Resources, Education & Support for 
Family & Professional Caregivers and Seniors
Caregiver Christmas is here!!! Here is some important information about attending the event if you are a caregiver. All Family, Private and Professional Caregivers are invited to register to get a FREE GIFT BAG!
f you are a Caregiver Register here for the event! Register here to get your ticket You must be registered and show your ticket to attend. When registering for the event please fill in all blanks on form. If you are a family caregiver put Family where it asks for the company you work for. 
Share this event with ANY AND ALL CAREGIVERS YOU KNOW!
CAREGIVERS CHRISTMAS event is Tuesday Dec 7th from 11:00AM- 7:00PM,We are so excited to welcome all the Caregivers in our community to say THANK YOU for all that you do! 
While we want you to have a fun time driving thru the event, we want to be sure you follow these simple tips to keep you and our volunteers safe:
 -Look for the Event Entrance Signs.
 -The entrance is at the intersection of Delfel Rd. and NE 10th Ave.
 -Follow traffic signals and instructions from Traffic Controllers and Volunteers at all times.
 -Have your ticket ready upon arrival. If you do not have a ticket, you will be asked to turn around, registering before you arrive at the entrance. We CANNOT guarantee a bag if you did not register in advance. 
 -Always wear your mask when you are in contact with Event Staff and Volunteers. 
 -Do NOT stop or try to interact with Sponsors when driving through the building. This is a Drive-Thru Event Only. 
 -You will stop briefly at the very end of the building, where you will retrieve your gift bag.
 -After you exit the building, we also have some ice cream treats for you! 
 -Most importantly, HAVE FUN! 
About the bags- No two bags are the same. Please make sure you look inside the small plastic bag in your gift bag for valuable information that can help on your care journey . Each plastic bag has either amazing coupons, discount passes, gift certificates for free items or a gift card. 
Thank you to our AMAZING Sponsors who helped make this event possible!
Loving Them Forward, is partnering with Elfin Services and Mikey's House Team-Keller Williams to Present the 2nd Annual Caregivers Christmas!
Contact Loving Them Forward - 360-524-4344,
Loving Them Forward
Vancouver, WA
Phone: 360-524-4344



Joanie Peckels is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Joanie Peckels' Stroke & Brain Injury Zoom Meeting!

Time: Wednesday, December 8, 2021 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Great Websites or Services!


Peak Pro App~ Fun and challenging!  $37.93 per year from your app store.


CDM~Great for for socializing, doing Zoom every weekday at the moment.  They play games, sing, do art projects (supplies are delivered to you) and when it is in person they give each client a free Cvan bus pass. Website: 360-896-9695 Email:


Comcast Affordable High Speed Internet~ $9.95 a month!!  SSI/medicaid/Housing Assistance qualify. They also have low cost computers. 


OT Lifestyle Solutions~ A great Facebook page by Occupational Therapist Sue Doyle. She always posts great ideas and info on Stroke Rehabilitation, Home Safety & Accessibility Evaluations, Fall Prevention and of course Occupation Therapy.  She also has her own business.  360-723-5145.


Sitting Tai Chi & Gentle Exercises~ 360-953-0399.


The Aphasia Network~ Lots of programs!  Aphasia Camp at Camp Mc Gruger in Rockaway, OR is especially popular.  Contact Suzanne Gardner 

503-577-1282, or the website


Northwest Brain Network~ Lets you know about The Backstrokes and NUMEROUS other speakers and information.  Zoom Backstrokes is at 11:00 Mondays and speakers are at various times. 


SATBIL Magazine~ Lots of information and stories by stroke and brain injury people.


Loving Them Forward~ A fantastic local organization that has vetted businesses to help with just about anything you can think of! Christina Keys at or 


Brain Injury Connections-NW (BIC-NW)~A Portland organization that provides lots of local info. 


A FaceBook Group Called:  Stroke Caregiving “Wives” Only


A Caring Closet~ An excellent place to get used durable medical equipment for free!  And also to donate to it as well.  360-258-0039

1206-C NE 146th Street Vancouver, WA 98685. is their website. 


Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities of SW Washington~ They offer a multitude of programs, most them need based but there are some that everyone can participate in. is an awesome site.  Information & Assistance 360-694-8144.  201 NE 73rd St, Ste 201, Vancouver.


C-Van~ For those who can’t drive.  There is a form for you and your doctor to fill out.  They will take you anywhere within their boundaries.  It doesn’t have to be medical but you do have contact them ahead of time.  The cost per ride is $1.80, for each direction. Not need based but you have to be a certain distance from a bus stop.  360-695-0123.


Brain Injury Alliance of Washington~




Post Concussion Syndrome~ A Facebook Group



2nd Tuesday of each month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Register by emailing: LIFEAFTERSTROKE@providence.orgA Zoom Meeting


Bri Fairley, M.S. CCC-SLP, President, Founder Atlas Aphasia Center

Website: Phone: 206-256-1168 Email: ~ Offering Speech Therapy


Boomerang Therapy Works~ Excellent Physical Therapy!  NEW LOCATION! 4201 NE 66th Ave, Suite 104, Vancouver, WA 98661. Just North of the SR 500 & NE Andresen Rd interchange. 360-258-1637. http.//



Aphasia- Hope Is a Four Letter Word.  By Carl McIntyre, an actor and Stroke Survivor.  The movie itself is only 40 min but there are several interviews with his Speech Pathologist, Denise Caignon and renowned Speech Pathologist Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks.  2012


A Not So Still Life- The Ginny Ruffner Story. A Brain Injury Survivor. 2010


Carl McIntyre and Hope Is A Four Letter Word

If you look under “Stroke and Brain Injury” on Amazon you will find a myriad of books on recovery.  These are the ones that I know of personally or have been recommended to me.  Several of them I purchased as audio back in the day, either cassette tape or CD.
Hope Heals.  By Katherine & Jay Wolf.  A great story of stroke survival.
My Stroke of Luck. By Kirk Douglas.  His own personal story.

Kate’s Journey.  By Kate Adamson.  OR

Kate Adamson Paralyzed but Not Powerless.  Kate’s Journey Revised.
Her story of surviving a brain stem stroke and locked-in syndrome.  I have seen her speak twice.  Once in Appleton, WI, and once with Holly in Salem, OR.  Very good.
Gabby: A Story of Courage & Hope.  By Gabby Giffords & Mark Kelly.  She was a politician (still is I think!) who was shot in the head while at an event.  This was really good on audio.  It is read by Mark Kelly, her astronaut husband and Gabby herself.  Like a lot of brain injuries, she presents as if she had a stroke.
Change in the Weather:  Life After the Stroke.  By Mark McEwen a TV weather man who had his stroke on an airplane. Or
After the Stroke My Journey Back to Life.  By Mark McEwen & Daniel Paisner (I think they are the same book published different years but I could be mistaken!)

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey.  By Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD. 

One Handed in a Two Handed World.  By Tommye-K. Mayer.  A great book with all kinds of ideas to do frustrating things with one hand.
Stronger After Stroke, Third Edition: Your Roadmap to Recovery .  By Peter Lavine
Healing & Happiness After Stroke for Caregivers & Survivors: The Holistic Guide to Getting Your Life Back.  By Tsgoyna Tanzman

Post-Concussion Syndrome: An Evidence Based Approach.  By William D. Boyd 

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Recovering from Traumatic Brain Injuries: 101 Stories of Hope, Healing, and Hard Work

The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity

Identity Theft: Rediscovering Ourselves After Stroke

Awoke By A Stroke: My Roadmap To Restoration

Elma said this book really helped her.
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