A unique and honest insight into life after a stroke written by a stroke victim who was already a stroke specialist, and a psychologist who helps others and now has to help herself and her family.
In October 2016, Udo Kischka suffered a severe stroke. A large intra-cerebral bleed, a bleed deep in the right side of his brain.
He was not a typical stroke patient: Professor Kischka was a neurologist and specialist in stroke rehabilitation.
Like all stroke patients, he embarked on a journey of recovery. In his case, it was a re-education in his field of expertise. When he uttered the words, 'This is a life changing event' to his wife a few hours after the stroke, he had no idea just how life changing it would be or that there would be still be a good life to be had.
Written by experts on both sides of the fence - a stroke victim who is a stroke specialist, and a psychologist who helps others and now has to help herself and her family - this is a personal and brutally honest story of a family's survival.
This accessible and relatable book provides insight and realistic hope about what might lie ahead following a stroke, as well as offering both practical and emotional support.
'Inspired, Surviving Stroke is a poignant, intimate and passionate response to a life-changing experience; a book that adds appreciably to our understanding of the psychological, emotional and physical toll a 'brain attack' can have on its victims. Udo and Helen's story broadens our knowledge of stroke because of the years of clinical experience they bring to Udo's unique and debilitating event. This is a book to be welcomed by all stroke survivors, their families, caregivers and health professionals?a vital and vivid story that speaks to treatment and recovery from brain damage of any sort'? - Ron Smith, D. Litt., author of The Defiant Mind: Living Inside a Stroke
'The combination of Kennerley and Kischka's personal and professional expertise make this book unique. The writing is engaging and accessible. They communicate complex ideas about difficult topics sensitively and without jargon. And they strike the delicate balance between realism and hope successfully. It is an extremely good resource for people with brain injuries, their families, and professionals working in brain injury. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone' - Dr Jessica Fish, British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology Newsletter
'[This book] gives a clear description and explanation of exactly how shattering a stroke can be. There is