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Hi! My name is Joanie Peckels. I had a carotid dissection 23 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 15 years.

My contact info is 360-907-4457 or

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Hi Stroke & Brain Injury Group!


This week we will have the In Person Meeting Thursday, March 16, at 1:30, at Boomerang Therapy Works!  Directions are below.


Holly's singing group has several different shows! The dates are very soon!  I think I'll go to the one after our meeting on the 16th.  We can get dinner someplace and then go to the concert.  Call or text if you would like to ride with me!  360-907-4457


Here is a link to an article in the Columbian about Holly's Choir Group!


If we have snow or ice during any of the winter activities consider them canceled!*





Here is a new book that a friend recommended to me!  Give it a try! It is only $2.50 if you get as a Kindle edition.  I bought the paperback version so we could share it.

Also,  Joyce Hoffman was on our last Zoom.  She wanted me to let you know about her program through NW Brain Network. It is called Brain Exchange.

Brain Exchange, EXCLUSIVELY for STROKE AND OTHER TBI SURVIVORS – THE-FIRST-EVER and INTERNATIONAL– does several things: Sign up at:


1. You're matched to someone in a 1:1 writing partnership through ongoing emails. 

2. We’ll meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesday on Zoom of every month to experience mind exercises and intuitive speakers!. 

3. A Facebook page has been started called (no surprise here) “Brain Exchange” to socialize, hear stories from stroke and other TBI survivors, and be aware of new strategies that may be helpful.

4. A 1:1 private mentorship program has begun.

5. An open letter in which members share their concerns. 

6. Aside from Joyce’s blog, Tales of a Stroke Survivor, members are encouraged to write their own blogs.

7. Forum where you can open your heart without shame or criticism.


Our In Person Meeting is the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:30!  The next one will be March 16


Because it is a heath care facility, we are still required to wear a mask, vaccinated or not.  


We will still do Zoom on Wednesdays at 11:00.  But, not on the week that we do the in person meeting or the lunch.


The address is:


Boomerang Therapy Works

4201 NE 66th Ave, Suite 104, Vancouver, WA 98661


It is located just off of Andresen, just North of Hwy 500.  Close to the Ford dealership.  There is  stop light on Andresen which is 42nd St. Turn west there and Boomerang is in the 2nd strip mall, on the left just before the next cross street.



Our lunch date is every 1st Wednesday of the month at 1:00! The next one will be Wednesday, April 5th

The Address is:

Kitchen Table Cafe

705 NE 136th Ave (across from Firstenburg Center)








Joanie Peckels is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


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

Time: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 882 2306 9578

Passcode: 335084


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Norm Ward's Mantra

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

2700 NE Andresen Rd, D4, Vancouver, WA 98661. 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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