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M.O.S.T. program sees first graduates

The Stroke Prevention Clinic wishes to congratulate Mike Bodnar, Cliff Noble, and Harry Jones for their determination and efforts in completing the “Moving on after stroke” (M.O.S.T.) program.

This is the first time the full 18-session, nine-week course has been held in Fort Frances.

It starts and ends with an assessment performed at St. Joseph’s Heritage Centre in Thunder Bay.

From then on, two physiotherapists use tele-health videoconferencing technology to connect our team of three stroke survivors to a group of four individuals living in Thunder Bay, with similar experiences.

All seven candidates shared in each other’s achievements, and were a source of encouragement to one another.

One individual admitted he was tempted to give up at times, but persevered when he considered the effect it may have on the others.

Every Monday and Thursday morning, the two groups met as one, taking part in an hour of discussion followed by an hour of instructed exercises.

Topics covered included how stroke affects the way you feel, speech and sleep problems, daily responsibilities, and enjoying recreation.

Participants were expected to set personal goals, many of which were so challenging that it took several weeks to complete them.

That done, they set new goals!

Although the program required a high level of commitment, everyone involved agreed all the hard work brought beneficial results and emphasized they would highly recommend it to other stroke survivors.

Spouses and close family members played a role, as well, and commented that the social involvement was “very valuable.”

The stroke clinic also would like to say a big thank you to Dorothy Jones and Lillian Bodnar for all the work and support they gave. It contributed greatly to the program’s success.

If you would like to learn more, visit the stroke clinic’s open house tomorrow (Nov. 19) from 1-3 p.m. at the Valley Diabetes Education Centre on Victoria Avenue (opposite St. Mary’s Church).

Or call 274-3261 ext. 4542.

Editor’s note: Marilyn Erwin is an RN with the Stroke Prevention Clinic.

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