Welcome To "I Survived the Stroke" - Store

We are here to help people rebuild their lives after a stroke by providing the products they will need to help them regain strength, mobility and functionality.

About Us

Life is Good Except for the Flippin Stroke

Hello, and welcome to the Flippin Stroke Survivor Store. My name is John Van Deun and I had a stroke in November of 2008. That puts me quite a ways out with no end in sight! Because these years have not been the most favorite. And as you might guess these years have been a constant cycle of ups and downs. In the beginning mostly downs. But as the years have gone by the ups have been more and more frequent. Probably due to a change in my outlook on life and my attitude. If you would like to learn more about my stroke journey please visit my blog. There is a button to go there in the header or footer of this page. Or you can get there from here

There are approximately 750,000 stroke survivors every year, the majority of which require physical and/or occupational therapy. The appropriate support equipment to regain functionality is also required. In addition, there is a large unmet need for rehabilitative devices for adults and children. These would allow them to function independently, such as in their home or school environment; without being dependent upon caregivers to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs). For example, the average stroke survivor who requires the use of both upper extremities will often experience loss of dexterity, strength, mobility, and coordination. This impairment of motor neurons within the brain are a result of the stroke.

Stroke Info

The brain is a very sophisticated, complex organ controlling all the functions of the body and when it is deprived of oxygen due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) like a stroke or other injury that causes oxygen to be cut off from the brain it can wreak havoc in the body and cause significant disability.

But because the brain is sophisticated and complex the brain has this wonderful ability to repair itself, well not really repair itself, this can’t be done because the disabilities caused by the infarction are due to brain cells being killed. But what does happen is that the brain rewires itself which is called plasticity, the ability to use other less used pathways to take over for the functions lost. For example, when a person is or becomes blind, neural pathways used for the eyes are no longer being used, so that the sense of touch can use these unused pathways to give more sensitivity to the fingers which gives them the ability to now use touch for the learning of Braille and Braille requires extremely sensitive fingertips!