Occupational Therapist Shares 10-year Recovery From Stroke

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Janet R. Douglas offers insights into many problems stroke patients face in her new memoir, ‘A Wonderful Stroke of Luck’

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When occupational therapist Janet R. Douglas suffered a massive stroke while attending a wedding in her native England, she couldn’t believe it. After emerging from a coma weeks later at a Chicago hospital where she once worked, her left side was totally paralyzed, her eyesight and voice were impaired and her memory and identity were lost.

From the perspective of therapist and patient, Douglas explains the impact of stroke, how it makes the simplest tasks difficult and how the visible deficits may be a fraction of a complex set of problems in her new memoir, “A Wonderful Stroke of Luck” (published by Archway Press). The book is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/Wonderful-Stroke-Luck-Occupational-Therapist/dp/1480866008/.

As an occupational therapist trained to treat patients following stroke and brain injury, Douglas offers a unique perspective as a therapist turned patient. Yet initially her training was not helpful because she denied there was anything wrong with her — a common side-effect of stroke and brain damage. In sharing her 10-year journey, Douglas offers hope, compassion and an increased understanding of the different ways people can be affected depending upon precisely where in the brain the damage occurs.

“There are millions of people living with brain damage as a result of stroke, gunshot wounds, service-related injuries and other kinds of trauma,” says Douglas. “I hope my book would give them, their families and treatment providers greater insight into what it feels like to be that person and to adjust their approach accordingly.”

“A Wonderful Stroke of Luck”
By Janet R. Douglas
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781480866010
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 316 pages | ISBN 9781480866003
E-Book | 316 pages | ISBN 9781480866027
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Janet R. Douglas, an occupational therapist, specialized in the treatment of hand injuries at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and worked with the World Health Organization in Africa and Southeast Asia before moving to the United States. She was director of occupational therapy education at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. After earning a master’s degree in public health, Douglas directed a hospital-based occupational health program. From there, she joined the world’s largest human resources and risk management firm serving as a principal, managing director and global business leader She has written three textbooks and lives in Riverwoods, Illinois.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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