Stroke Support Group

With stroke, there is a lot of talk about rapid diagnosis and treatment. It can feel like stroke is an “event” that has a beginning and end. But in truth, the stroke is just the beginning.

Regardless of the severity of your stroke, it’s common for people to experience a range of emotions and frustrations afterward, such as:

  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Overall frustration

Join other stroke survivors, family members, and caregivers for a FREE support group that examines the full range of issues surrounding stroke recovery, as well as provides a positive place to explore new skills with confidence. All are welcome. You do not need to be a Bellin patient to participate.

The Stroke Support Group meets the first Monday of each month.

Meetings and Events for Stroke Survivors and Caregivers

  • Stroke Recovery Walk -June 10th 2022 Stroke Recovery Walk was a huge success. Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers and participants. This event is a celebration of achieving your goals and your recovery, while assisting in good mental health and stroke prevention with exercise and socialization. This is a yearly event that happens the day before the Bellin Run on the Fox River Trail.

The next event will be June 9th 2023, more details to come in 2023.

  • Virtual Stroke Support Group 2022 Flyer - This virtual stroke support group allows stroke survivors and caregivers to come together to focus on stroke prevention, education, socialization, and community resources and will feature professional presenters of topics pertaining to stroke and secondary stroke prevention
  • Creative Cruisers 2022 Calendar - Creative Cruisers is a monthly virtual gathering to share ideas and crafts and for socialization for stroke survivors and their families and friends
  • 2022 Stroke Survivor Bike Club - Bellin Health is excited to again offer assistance to stroke survivors who wish to bike in a safe environment. No deficit should stop you from getting out to enjoy a summer bike ride. Our team is trained to help you get fitted & trial a recumbent bicycle. These specialized bicycles are modified based on your needs and provide stroke survivors with an incredible degree of added mobility. Biking will allow you to experience the physical, emotional, and mental health benefits you get from exercise. We invite you to bring your family and friends out to bike with us, you choose the distance 1, 5, 10 miles…. whatever you are comfortable with. Come early if you would like to meet and socialize as we set up 45 minutes prior to each bike ride.
    • Date: Every fourth Wednesday from May to September: May 25, June 22, July 27, August 24, and September 28th, 2022
    • Time: Socialization for all stroke survivors from 3:15pm to 4:00pm. Biking starts at 4:15pm for those interested in biking.
    • Location: Meet at Fox Point Boar Launch (behind Dairy Queen: 1081 N. Broadway De Pere, WI 54115) to embark on the Fox River Trail for a 1-, 5- or 10-mile bike ride accompanied by volunteers
  • Community Stroke Day - Autumn in Wisconsin. Join stroke survivors and caregivers for a day of fun, education and relaxation while meeting old and new friends from across the region who have the common bond of life after stroke.
    • Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
    • Location: Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton, WI
    • Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. (registration 9:30-10 a.m.)
    • Keynote speakers: Carol Dow-Richards and David Dow, Aphasia Recovery Connection
    • Activities for fun, relaxation, education and information.

See flyer for more details.

Additional Resources

American Stroke Association Online Support: Click here and explore their awesome webpage. The American Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and support for all impacted by stroke. There is a wide variety of education for stroke survivors, caregivers, and professionals.

Aging and Disability Resource Center of Brown County: Go here for resources within Brown County. If you are a resident of another county, you can google ADRC and your location to find a location near to you. 

Stroke Connection Digital Magazine: Stroke Connection Magazine is a digital-only publication and a free app on the smartphone or tablet of your choice. Click here to sign up today. 

“My Stroke of Insight”: A book and Tedtalk by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist about a brain scientist's personal stroke journey. 

Stroke Camp: For stroke survivors and caregivers to go and enjoy activities and facilities geared toward their personal abilities. Visit the Stroke Camp website for more information.