March of Dimes Door to Door Campaign - MODC Community Canvass 2019
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SEAN AND KATHRYN
SEAN AND KATHRYN
 — Sean Russell had just retired when he experienced a severe stroke in the spring of 2015. He was left with expressive aphasia – difficulty communicating – and weakness on his right side.

Sean received excellent care in the hospital but, once he was discharged, both he and his wife Kathryn needed some help navigating their new reality. Fortunately, they found March of Dimes Canada's After Stroke program.

After Stroke 
focuses on supporting stroke survivors and caregivers through their recovery, which can be a life-long process. The goal is to facilitate independence, community engagement, and to make sure people know that they aren’t alone.

Sean, for instance, found that monthly peer support meetings at Ontario’s West Park Health Care Centre helped ease his sense of isolation. “You meet other people, share stories, and realize you’re not in this boat alone,” he says. It was also a way to learn about the community resources available to him.

Kathryn, as Sean’s caregiver, also found After Stroke to be invaluable. “It can be very damaging when you’re no longer connecting with your friends and neighbours, but through the program I met a whole new group of individuals,” Kathryn adds. “I felt comfortable opening up to them when I needed to so that I could continue to encourage and support Sean.”

Hear directly from Sean and Kathryn, and other stroke survivors, on this video.


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If you or someone you know needs assistance after a stroke call the March of Dimes Canada Warmline® at 1-888-540-6666. Please leave a message with details about the services you are looking for in and around your community.
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March of Dimes CanadaMarch of Dimes Canada's 2018-19 Community Canvass Campaign opens doors for children and adults with disabilities in your community. Our canvassers make a huge difference to so many people by raising funds and awareness of March of Dimes Canada's programs and services for people with disabilities.

Over 62,000 Canadians have a Stroke each year, and currently 1 in 5 Canadians have a disability. With the aging of our population, more Canadians than ever need our help. You can change a life today!

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