November 2022 - 11th Edition


Toni Metherall, ED

Caregivers are the unsung heroes in healthcare.  They are the support for those who need emotional, physical and spiritual care.  After any kind of health event they are the strength and life coach for the individual in need.  Thank you to all who fill this role for your dedication and wisdom!

Keith Taylor, SAO Board President

We don’t always tell our caregiver Thank You! We need to be more aware of the work they have done to help out after a stroke. Caring for a loved one without losing hope, peace and identity is hard to do. Please remember to say a heartfelt “Thank You” to your caregiver…send them a gift, or whatever it takes to make sure they are appreciated!



SAO 1st Annual Walk-n-Wheel-athon!!


Muskegon-area Woman Suffers Stroke Days after 100-mile Bike Ride,
Makes Remarkable Recovery

Mary O'Connor Shaw, 57, made a remarkable recovery in just one month. “If I see a mountain and I can't get around it, I'll just try to figure a way to get up."

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mary O'Connor Shaw, a 57-year-old Muskegon-area woman, recently survived a stroke and made a remarkable recovery in just one month.

In August, Shaw went on a 100-mile bike trip through the Grand River Valley. Two days after her trip ended, she woke up with cramping in her legs.

“I couldn't find my arm in the bed. And I just thought it was asleep. But when I got up, it was swinging like a pendulum.”

Her husband Sidney noticed she was slurring her words and seemed disoriented, which are symptoms of a stroke.

Paramedics took her to the hospital, where doctors confirmed she had indeed suffered a stroke.

“It was cerebral, what they call a spontaneous cerebral hemorrhage. So, not a typical stroke, which is often a blood clot, an aneurysm, or something like that. They're not exactly sure what caused it," Shaw said.

Shaw had surgery, then after spending some time in the ICU, she was taken to Mary Free Bed to begin rehab.

“Timing is very important with a stroke in terms of recovery. The longer that you might languish in a hospital bed, the more difficult the recovery process becomes. So, getting right into Mary Free Bed was very important," Shaw said.

Shaw spent 10 days in isolation with COVID-19 doing exercises on her own.

“She's the type of person that you tell her to do, you know, XY and Z and she wants to know what she can do after that," Dr. Megan Smith, a Physician at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Center, said.


After she was cleared, Shaw was strapped to a harness and with the help of her rehab team, she learned how to sit up, stand and move her arms and legs again in just 30 days.

“Her recovery was so quick, and it was honestly very surprising. But then once I got to know Mary, I realized that maybe it wasn't so surprising, I just didn't know who she was as a person. She is very dedicated and motivated," Dr. Smith said.

Shaw still has about 10 more weeks of rehab left the focus is now on regaining movement in her left arm.

“I had come to the Disneyland of rehab, it was just the colors, the artwork, the staff, everybody was so aligned on getting you to be as independent as you can be as quickly as possible," Shaw said.

Shaw, who is a retired business consultant and book author, has her positive attitude to thank for seeing the recovery process through so quickly.

“If I see a mountain and I can't get around it, I'll just try to figure a way to get up. And so I never really felt that self-pity or, or sadness, or despair, I really just felt such euphoria, and a joy and a thankfulness to be alive," she said.

Shaw’s hope is that she’ll be able to get back to the things she loves the most like working on her farm, cooking and of course, riding her bike.

“One thing I can say about the stroke that has really been a gift, and that is the ability to really live in the moment. I don't think too far into the future anymore. I'm here now and really glad to be here," Shaw said.

Thanks to a dynamic team of specialists at Mary Free Bed and her supportive husband by her side, Shaw is well on her way to accomplishing all her goals.

Shaw says she wanted to share her story to remind people that during a stroke timing is everything. Symptoms of a stroke include numbness, weakness in the face, arms, or legs, difficulty speaking, trouble seeing, or walking and a sudden severe headache.

Doctors say if you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.


Become an SAO Volunteer! We Would Love to Have You!

Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. It: Reduces stress: Experts report that when you focus on someone other than yourself, it interrupts usual tension-producing patterns. Makes you healthier: Moods and emotions, like optimism, joy, and control over one's fate, strengthen the immune system.

Call us for more information: Libby Hawley - Volunteer Coordinator - 541-510-5832
Main Office: 541-323-5641



On-Going Support Groups 
All are Welcome! 

Join a Support Group via Zoom 

All Access Code: 267 166 8755

2nd & 4th Tuesday @ 3pm Support Group

2nd Monday @ 1pm Caregivers

3rd Monday @ 6pm Young (er)

Featuring Stroke Survivors, Dr's & Therapists from around the Nation.

Group Coordinator Keith Taylor

Click the image below to watch our most recent support group!


Great News!!!  In person Men's Group has been schedule 1st one November 16th.  Facilitated by Ralph Cortese - Stroke Survivor and Volunteer!!

Third Wednesday of the month starting November 16 at 4:00 pm. Group will be held at Pour House Grill,  61276 S Hwy 97, Bend, OR. Individual ordering from the menu for refreshments or meals (Not required).

Quotes of the Day!


Health Central


New Section - Stroke Recovery Recipes


Stroke Exercises for Your Body



Welcome to Bend's premier rehabilitation and wellness center for older adults and individuals with neurologic conditions. We provide individualized, evidence-based physical therapy and occupational therapy using state of the art equipment. 


We are very excited to announce that Bingo is Back!!  Come out for all the fun. 
Mark Your Calendars.  
Location: Silver Moon Brewing
24 NW Greenwood Ave Bend, OR 97701
10am to 1pm

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**Stay Tuned for Many Great Upcoming Events for 2023 - Our Planning Wheels are Turning. Should be an Exciting Year Coming for SAO!!!


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-Ben Ritt

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