Stroke Support Group
Michigan Medicine offers a virtual support group for stroke survivors, their families, and caregivers. The purpose of this group is to provide stroke survivors and their support persons with an opportunity to support each other and build new friendships as they strive for recovery, meaning, and well-being. The support group is offered through a participant-screened video conferencing platform most people will be able to use from their home computers or phone.
Why Attend a Support Group
Finding groups to connect with can be challenging. This is a safe place to share your trials and triumphs with a group of your peers. Michigan Medicine staff members attend to guide discussions and provide information.
Who Can Attend
Any person who has been treated for a stroke as well as their support persons are eligible to participate. There are no fees associated with this program. Participants must provide their own phone or computer/internet access. Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Please email UMstrokesupportgroup@med.umich.edu for additional details on how to attend.
Stroke Care Guides
- Stroke Care Guides: Learn about stroke in a wealth of materials approved by Michigan Medicine experts on our Care Guides website.
- F.A.S.T. Stroke Warning Signs PDF: Flier that shows stroke warning signs using the letters F.A.S.T.
- Glossary of Stroke Terms PDF: Alphabetical list of terms related to stroke.
- Medications and Stroke PDF: List of medications your doctor may prescribe after a stroke.
- Stroke Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Information Guide PDF: Lists resources available in the Frankel Cardiovascular Center Mardigian Wellness Resource Center as well as links to stroke online resources.
Posts on the Michigan Health and Lab Blogs and Instagram
- Stroke Q&A: Be Prepared & Save A Life
- Timing Is Everything at the First Signs of Stroke
- Why You Shouldn’t Delay Emergency Care During COVID-19
- Young Woman’s Brain Aneurysm Leads to Remarkable Outcomes
- Acting ‘F.A.S.T.’ at the First Sign of a Stroke Could Save a Life
Patient Videos About Stroke
Young Stroke Patient Learns to Live Again
Barb Wiley never saw her stroke coming. After a 12-hour surgery, she began the recovery process — driven by a commitment to never give up and inspired by her doctor’s words: “Don’t recover to live, live while you recover.”
Merrill Harvitt Story
Merrill Harvitt suffered an extensive neurovascular bleed that in most cases would be deadly. With the collaboration between doctors at Munson Healthcare and Michigan Medicine he has had a remarkable recovery.
Stroke: Time is Brain
Time is of the essence when it comes to stroke treatment. The faster imaging is done and the faster clots can be removed, the better the outcome.
Time Matters with Stroke
Joaquin Uy had just left church on Christmas morning when he had a massive stroke. He received care in a timely matter from the U-M Stroke team, which, as his wife says, turned the worst Christmas to the best ever, ever.
Stroke: What to Expect at the Hospital
You have had a stroke and go to the ER, what happens next? This video will introduce you to what to expect if you are seen at the University of Michigan . Members of the U-M Comprehensive Stroke Center walk you through their roles.
Adaptive Activities for Stroke Patients and Others with Disabilities
- UMAISE: University of Michigan Adaptive & Inclusive Sports Experience (through U-M Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Group offers inclusive sports including kayaking and hand cycling. Send an email to email@example.com for more information.
- Climbing: Through Bear Lake Camp in Lapeer, Michigan.
- Riding: Through CHUM Therapeutic Riding in Dansville, Michigan.
- Rowing: Through the Ann Arbor Rowing Club.
- Scuba Diving: Through Mt. Brighton Adaptive Sports. Send an email to MtBAdaptive@gmail.com or call 810-229-9581 for more information.
- Sled Hockey: Through Michigan Sled Dogs.
For Patients: If you think you or a loved one might be having a stroke, call 911. If you have had a stroke in the past or think you might be at risk for one call us at 1-888-287-1082.
For Physicians: If you are a physician and want to refer a patient, call M-LINE at 800-962-3555.