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Saturday, July 07, 2007

by Lisa Bernstein
Llumina Press
PO Box 77246, Coral Springs, FL
Genre: Memoir
Rating: Good
ISBN: 9781595267337, $11.95, 144 pp.

Girls Only: No Strokes Allowed!, an unusual title, is a memoir of Lisa Bernstein’s experience of suffering a Vertebral Artery Dissection (cerebellar infarct) at the age of thirty-four.

Lisa tells us what her life was like before her stroke, during the stroke and her recovery. She briefly describes eight different types of strokes and provides a list of twenty contributing risk factors, some quite surprising, such as: yoga, having your hair done, blowing your nose, painting a ceiling, cracking your neck, stretching your neck too far to one side, holding a phone to your ear with your shoulder, oral contraceptives, minor trauma to the neck, judo, chronic headaches, spinal manipulation, deep tissue massage . . . to name a few. She stresses that her list is not complete as the simplest tasks can disrupt your life in a matter of days.

Lisa has written this little book to share her stroke experience, what she learned and how she recovered. Her story is well written, informative, inspirational and a heads-up to us gals working to take care of our bodies. She currently lives in Texas with her husband and spends her time speaking publicly for stroke awareness.

If you want to know more about strokes, Lisa’s memoir may be of interest to you.

Reviewed by Kaye Trout - July 7, 2007