Letters to the Editor

Stroke recovery group does wonderful work

Editor: Kudos to The Times and reporter Monique Tamminga for the article regarding the Stroke Recovery Support Group (“They’ve got moves like Jagger,” The Times, March 26).

I joined this group last fall. I was released from the Vancouver General Hospital over four years ago, without any medical followup.

My stroke was relatively minor in nature, mostly affecting my verbal ability to communicate.

Marilyn Piticco, the co-ordinator and facilitator, is just great, The volunteers are wonderful. And I can’t say enough about the stroke survivors themselves — “inspirational” comes to mind.

The non-judgmental camaraderie and fellowship, the support given, and the good natured ribbing — all makes attending the group meetings just plain fun. This, as opposed to intentionally remaining “isolated,” has made me more self-confident and social in the community.

My hopes are to one day be able to express my views in a group social environment — and it appears that I am well on my way to being able to do so.

Thank you to Marilyn Piticco, the volunteers, and members of the Walnut Grove Stroke Recovery Support Group for making a difference.

Gord Weitzel,





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