Stroke survivors and caregivers can now access a user-friendly guidebook featuring diverse approaches that aid stroke recovery. The new 124-page publication, titled Overcoming Stroke: The 5 Keys to Victory, is the fourth book written by world-renowned stroke recovery advocate Valerie L. Greene.
Greene personally overcame grim odds in the aftermath of two debilitating strokes that nearly took her life at just 31 years old. Acknowledging that her miraculous survival and recovery could impact others afflicted by stroke or any disability, Greene crusaded for years to support healthcare advocacy, programs and education.
The lifelong Greater Orlando resident eventually turned her vocation of sharing hopeful insight into an avocation, with the launch of two recovery-focused companies: Global Stroke Resource and Bcenter. Through Global Stroke Resource, Greene earned the distinction of “America’s Stroke Coach,” as she traveled the country to provide personalized guidance to stroke survivors, their loved ones and the disability community-at-large. Through Bcenter, Greene established a digital resource hub and also facilitated stroke survivor support group events.
“I made up my mind that I was going to do whatever it took to overcome. By the Grace of God and wisdom to trust and take action, I made a remarkable recovery. This is what I want for all of you,” Greene, now 58, declares to survivors of all abilities.
In 2004, Greene published her first book, a memoir titled The Fire Within: True Story Of Triumph Over Tragedy. In 2008, her second book, Conquering Stroke: How I Fought My Way Back and How You Can Too, further documented Greene’s mission to empower survivors and instill hope to all. Then, in 2012, she co-wrote her third book, The Missing Link in Health, with globally-acclaimed holistic practitioner Mojka Renaud, about misconceptions surrounding proper hydration. Greene’s most recent work, just released in early 2022, titled Overcoming Stroke: The 5 Keys to Victory, is an easy-to-read book that simplifies the complex navigation of resources, remedies and more.
Because of safety precautions associated with the coronavirus pandemic, many face-to-face interactions, including Greene’s stroke coaching services and support group meetings, came to an abrupt halt. Greene wanted to ensure that survivors seeking direction could continue to easily access her time-tested methods regardless of present-day hurdles.
“This book is basically like receiving stroke coaching sessions, but in a convenient format that engages aspects of the mind, body and soul,” Greene describes. She believes the condensed written form will also grant access to a larger, more diverse audience. “I feel like everyone deserves to know life-changing answers, regardless of one’s financial means to hire a private coach,” she says.
Overcoming Stroke highlights an array of both traditional and non-traditional remedies and state-of-the-art technologies, all presented with Greene’s uplifting storytelling along with compelling images. “It’s not just one pill or one rehabilitation stint… it’s a comprehensive combination of things,” Greene tells AmeriDisability of Overcoming Stroke’s celebration of natural remedies specially geared toward healing at the cellular level. “These keys also help with secondary prevention because they drill down to the root cause,” she says.
Stroke is a leading cause of death in the U.S. and is a major cause of serious disability. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Sadly, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, and someone dies of a stroke every four minutes.
Overcoming Stroke: The 5 Keys to Victory is written with all survivors in mind, regardless of whether their stroke event occurred recently or decades prior. To order a Kindle or paperback copy, head over to Amazon. Lastly, Greene says her future aspirations include launching online stroke recovery workshops.
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