Speak Up

Updated:   6/14/2013
Contains:  102 items
This collection contains essays, poems, and artwork by people living with neurologic conditions as well as their friends, family, and caregivers. Sign up to receive an alert by email or RSS when a new Speak Up is added to this collection: Go to the "Collection Alerts" box in the right-hand column.

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Living Large: After surviving a leaking brain aneurysm, the author recommits to living a full life—risks and all.

Price, Lili

Neurology Now. 13(4):40, August/September 2017.

After surviving a brain aneurysm, the author recommits to living a full life—risks and all.

Two Sides: The author thought her husband's recovery was miraculous, until she started to see it from his perspective.

Ocejo, Michele

Neurology Now. 13(2):40, April/May 2017.

The author thought her husband's recovery was miraculous—until she started to see it from his perspective.

Puzzle Power: As Lewy body dementia narrowed their father's world, his twin daughters discovered an activity that brought him hours of joy.

Dalgarn, Mindy; Dalgarn, Missy

Neurology Now. 13(1):56, February/March 2017.

Puzzles allow twin daughters to connect with their father after he is diagnosed with Lewy body dementia.

Aliens in the Machine: Yearly MRIs can detect spinal tumors, but they don't tell the author how to live between scans.

Bostian, Ida L.

Neurology Now. 12(5):40, October/November 2016.

Yearly MRIs can detect spinal tumors, but they can't tell the author how to live between scans.

Wheels of Independence: When the author found out her son needed a wheelchair, she was devastated—until it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Watts, Sarah

Neurology Now. 12(4):40, August/September 2016.

When the author found out her son needed a wheelchair, she was devastated—until it turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

Brave New World: The author gains a new perspective on disability when multiple sclerosis forces her into a wheelchair.

Woods, Lorraine Wascher

Neurology Now. 11(6):62, December/January 2015.

The author gains a new perspective on disability after multiple sclerosis forces her into a wheelchair.

Dig Deep: A rehabilitation neuropsychologist reflects on the strength and resilience of people reinventing their lives after a traumatic brain injury.

Dams-O'connor, Kristen

Neurology Now. 11(5):70, October/November 2015.

A neuropsychologist reflects on how people with traumatic brain injury reinvent their lives.

Double Trouble: For a retired psychology professor, myasthenia gravis plays tricks with his vision, but not his sense of humor.

Fernald, Denny

Neurology Now. 11(4):40, August/September 2015.

Myasthenia gravis plays tricks with the author's vision, but not his sense of humor

The Bunny Slope: The author's epilepsy diagnosis ultimately strengthens her marriage and makes her a safer skier.

Mengason, Alysse

Neurology Now. 11(3):50, June/July 2015.

The author's epilepsy diagnosis ultimately strengthens her marriage and makes her a safer skier.

Reflections on Mother's Day: When I was born with spina bifida, my mother resisted “common sense” and kept me out of an institution.

Brennan, Michael J.

Neurology Now. 10(2):46, April/May 2014.

Born in 1949 with a rare form of spina bifida, Michael J. Brennan's prognosis was bleak. Thanks in large part to his mother, Brennan became a teacher, a nurse, and a father.

What We Gain by Giving Up

Smolev, Richard

Neurology Now. 10(1):40, February/March 2014.

How Richard Smolev, a lawyer turned novelist with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), learned to take comfort in the compassion of others.

Milestones: When my father experienced bleeding in the brain, our family learned to celebrate unexpected milestones.

Libraty, Samantha

Neurology Now. 9(1):40, February-March 2013.

How 16-year-old Samantha Libraty adjusted to life after her father experienced major bleeding in his brain.

There's a Dog for That: Oliver makes living with Parkinson's much easier.

Crosby, Kathryn

Neurology Now. 7(6):40, December-January 2011.

After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, Kathryn Crosby found and adopted a stray dog named Oliver—and rediscovered the joy of movement.

How to Minister With Migraine: what I've learned over the course of 50 years.

Smalkowski, Frances

Neurology Now. 7(4):40, August-September 2011.

One woman's story of finding spiritual understanding in her 50-year struggle with hormonal migraines.

Bay Window: After being abandoned because of Parkinson's, I looked out at the world with new eyes.

DECARO, LOUIS F.

Neurology Now. 3(5):48, September-October 2007.

After being abandoned because of Parkinson's, Lou DeCaro looked out at the world with new eyes.




























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