A Wonderful Stroke of Luck

From Occupational Therapist to Patient and Beyond

by Janet R. Douglas



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/4/2018

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781480866010
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781480866003
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 316
ISBN : 9781480866027

About the Book

When an occupational therapist suffers a massive stroke while attending a wedding in her native England, she can’t believe it.


Janet R. Douglas emerges from a coma weeks later at a Chicago hospital where she once worked. Her left side is totally paralyzed, her eyesight impaired, her memory and identity lost.


Trapped in the present, she finds herself talking in German even though she has seldom spoken the language since high school. With no understanding of the severity of her problems, she resists therapy, thinking she doesn’t need it.


Despite all odds, she returns to her high-powered job only to find herself cast adrift by a corporate reorganization. With time on her hands, she carries out her own research to find out how damage to one specific part of the brain affects behavior.


From the perspective of both therapist and patient, Douglas explains the impact of stroke, how it makes the simplest tasks difficult, and how the visible disabilities it causes are  just the tip of the  iceberg.


Join Douglas on a decade-long quest to recapture her identity so she can once again enjoy family, work, and travel in A Wonderful Stroke of Luck.

About the Author

Janet R. Douglas, an occupational therapist, specialized in the treatment of hand injuries at Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London and worked with the World Health Organization before moving to the United States of America. She was director of occupational therapy education at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago before earning a master’s degree in public health. She worked at Grant Hospital of Chicago before joining a human resources and risk management consulting firm. She’s written three textbooks and lives in Riverwoods, Illinois.