A Change of Plans: Women's Stories of Hemorrhagic Stroke

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Sumach Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of this groundbreaking study of the effects of hemorrhagic stroke on the lives of women. Author Sharon Dale Stone is herself a survivor of a hemorrhagic stroke which she suffered at the age of eleven. Her own experience in the years following the misdiagnosis of her stroke, and the silence and isolation surrounding her condition, led her to seek out other women with similar experiences.

Stone journeyed through Canada, the United States, England and Scotland to research this unique collection of eleven narratives by women who experienced hemorrhagic strokes before the age of fifty. In A Change of Plans, the women's stories are told honestly and movingly, and touch upon the themes of recovery and rehabilitation; being a medical patient; self-image; being or not being recognized as disabled; relations with family, friends and co-workers; and how the stroke so suddenly changed their lives. Stone also provides background information on hemorrhagic stroke and its disabling consequences.

A Change of Plans is a valuable contribution to the scarce literature on how women experience this disability. It will be greatly welcomed by professionals and those working with stroke survivors, and by survivors who are looking for others with similar experiences.

About the Author: Sharon Dale Stone is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Lakehead University. As an activist and academic, she has been committed to giving voices to groups of people whose experiences are marginalized in mainstream society, and has published widely on the many issues facing women with disabilities.

248 pages   $26.95 paper   6" x 9"     ISBN 1-894549-65-1    Release: May 2007