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Vince and Helen wake early, at around 5:30 a.m., in order to spend time together before Helen goes to work. Though the process can be painstaking, Vince dresses himself, washes up, and brushes his teeth. If he needs a shower, Helen helps him get in and out and also washes his hair for him. Vince's diet is unrestricted, and he is now able to feed himself. Breakfast usually consists of cereal with fruit, oatmeal on cold days, and the occasional bacon and eggs. Vince takes medications in the morning to treat depression and Khron's disease.

After Helen heads for work at 7:30 a.m., Vince is on his own most days. He says he spends a lot of time at his computer playing solitaire, and also does a lot of reading. Sometimes he has visitors from his church during the week, and every Friday a group convenes at Vince's house for a game of cribbage. Helen comes home every day at noon for lunch with Vince, which usually consists of salad or pasta.

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, a volunteer drives Vince to his exercise class at the University of Wisconsin at 3 p.m. When Helen gets off work at 4:30, she heads over to the campus for her own exercise program and drives Vince home when it's over. They have dinner together, usually at home, occasionally at an Italian restaurant. Helen does some evening chores, and they go to bed between 10:30 and 11, after watching television.

National Stroke Association
A group dedicated to education, services and community-based activities in prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and recovery from strokes.

American Stroke Association
Sponsored by the American Heart Association, this group provides resources for doctors, patients and their caregivers.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, this site features news and resources, plus links to studies that are seeking patients.

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