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January 17, 2003


New Emory Group for Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors to Meet

ATLANTA -- The newly formed "Love and Courage Stroke and Heart Disease Survivors" organization will hold its kickoff meeting on Tuesday, January 21, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. in the Helen S. Mills Multipurpose Facility at 515 John Wesley Dobbs Avenue, NE.

Sponsored by the Emory Healthcare Office of Community Affairs, the "Love and Courage" group will be open to any interested person living with high blood pressure or cardiovascular disease. It is especially targeted toward African Americans who have suffered heart attack or stroke, in an effort to promote rehabilitation and prevent relapse.

Speaking at the initial meeting will be Dr. Doris Armour and Dr. Michele Rusin , both assistant professors of rehabiliation medicine at Emory. They will present a general overview of the medical aspects of cardiovascular disease, followed by a discussion of the emotional and psychological effects of stroke.

Louise C. Strozier, a three-year stroke survivor, formed the "Love and Courage" group as an extension of a support group she joined at Emory's Center for Rehabilitation Medicine. "My stroke experience led me on a journey of trying to locate available resources," she said. "I wasn't able to do that until I came to Emory and learned about the stroke support group, which has been very helpful to me. I was able to meet other survivors and find genuine warmth and acceptance."

Parking is free for Tuesday's meeting and refreshments will be served. For questions, call Louise Strozier at (404) 758-3555.

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