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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 561
Commending Paul Berger
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 Paul Named Virginia Advocate of the Year
AHA's "You're the Cure" Honor
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How To Conquer the World With One Hand
...And an Attitude:

As a therapist, I found Paul's story interesting and inspiring. I have a few severely disabled clients and I bought my copy of Paul's book, "How to Conquer the World With One Hand and an Attitude", thinking that there might be a few hints for them to overcome physical limitations. I figured I should read the book before I loaned it out, and was very surprised! Although this book tell's Paul's story in terms of the stroke and his recovery, it is really about overcoming adversity and turning what appears on the surface to be a negative into something positive. I found it uplifting and powerfully inspirational. I now recommend the book to all my clients who are going through life changing events, whether it is divorce, death of a loved one, or a physical health issue. I don't think that there is anyone who cannot benefit in some way from the powerful message in this book.
-Lois Weik, CMT, Illuminate, Falls Church , VA

    Best "help" book I've read since my 33 year old son had a stroke. Couldn't put the book down and was amazed at how many similar things that we had gone through--AWESOME read for any young person who had a stroke or their caregivers.-P. Baker

Paul Berger's book and website are not just about stroke victims or the medical ramifications of a stroke.  His story and message is about the inner strength that humans have to overcome great odds and accomodate any physical limitations we might run into.  The old saying "mind over matter" is the SECRET that everyone is talking about these days.  It is simply the positive attitude that we humans can exude and surround ourselves with daily.  It allows us to be successful and truly amazing no matter who we are or what we do. Also, when we see what others can do, we realize that we can do better ourselves.  The mountains that others before us have climbed, make our little ant hills seem insignificant sometimes.
-Kathleen Huston, President, McGuire Associates

    "A story of courage, perseverance, humor, determination and love. Fighting against all odds--and winning. True 'rehabilitation' is recreating the self; taking the strengths of a man before his stroke and using them in new ways to create another, equally satisfying, life."
    -Susan Ryerson, P.T., author, Functional Movement Reeducation, A Contemporary Model for Stroke Rehabilitation.

"It is the story of an ordinary person who becomes extraordinary in determination and humor...I was very moved by this book." "This account of Paul's triumphantly overcoming his disability, the challenges he faced along the way and the support of his family is truly inspirational... I was very moved by this book... [It’s] a blueprint for not only how to survive but to thrive after a stroke." -Hon. Leslie L. Byrne, Former Member of Congress and Director, White House Office of Consumer Affairs

    "I was inspired by Paul and his wife's relentless pursuit and attainment of a rich and productive life following a devastating stroke... I cannot think of anyone who would not profit enormously from reading this book and fully intend to recommend it to colleagues, students, friends and family. I think even those who haven't suffered disabilities or know people who have, will find this fascinating." -Brenda Rapp, Ph.D., Cognitive Science Department, Johns Hopkins University

"Paul's courage to persevere when his past world was devastated is truly awe-inspiring, and makes us all believe in the strength and power of the human spirit." -Barbara Newborn, M.A., CRC, Chief of Staff, National Stroke Medical Education Institute. Author, Return to Ithaca-A Woman's Triumph Over the Disabilities of a Severe Stroke

    "Paul's commitment was an inspiration to people on Capitol Hill. His passion came through clearly, in spite of the extra challenges he faces."
    -Charles E. Miller, Chairman and Founder, ProSpace-The Citizen's Space Lobby

"I have read 30 books about stroke, its victims and the caretakers, but none even comes close to your descriptions. You book has been such a help to me.”  -Joann Kirby, Spouse of a stroke survivor

    "Paul Berger travels a compelling, inspiring and remarkable hero's journey through an unexpected life. It is an extremely powerful and motivating story...I didn't want to put the book down." -Elaine R. Axelrod, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

"While there is no way someone can understand what it is like to suffer a stroke or other debilitating condition without actually experiencing it themselves, this book takes the reader about as close as you can come. I can't imagine anyone readingthis without feeling your pain and frustration, or sharing in your triumphs... While the story itself is compelling I think what sets the book apart...are the vivid pictures you have painted."
-Harry Weinstock, Executive Director, Brain Injury Association of Virginia

    "This is a stirring story of how an energetic young couple in the prime of their lives manages when one of them is disabled by a catastrophic illness. Refusing to accept doctors' dismal predictions, they work together to rebuild ...[Paul’s] mind and body...and their life together...I was frankly surprised by how readable and engaging the book is, as well as inspirational. The running narrative, with events unfolding chronologically in the style of a novel, kept me turning the pages. What will happen next? How will Paul and Stephanie cope with their latest challenge? Will they succeed? How will they do it? Stay tuned... The dialogue and the attention to detail engage the reader's imagination." -Harry Bacas, Former Washington Star newspaper, and Nations Business magazine writer

"[Paul’s] story addresses the broad range of life alterations brought on by a stroke, always fully acknowledging the limitations and emotional devastation caused by this unexpected and unwanted life event. Stroke survivors, caregivers and health professionals will find much relevant, useful, and inspiring material in this well-written account of life as a stroke survivor." -Martha Taylor Sarno, M.A., M.D. (hon), Professor, Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU School of Medicine, Director, Speech-Language Pathology, Howard A. Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine, NYU Medical Center

    “Paul’s book serves to prove that people can not only survive a stroke, but can be stroke victors instead of stroke victims.”
    -Rhonda Chatmon, Vice President, High Risk/Stroke Programs, American Heart Association, Washington, DC

“This is to tell you how much I appreciated reading your autobiography, because although we are of a different generation, I’ll be 69 next month, it is a true reflection of what a stroke victim has to go through...I wish you continued success in all your activities and accomplishments for both of us.”-Herbert Kaufman, stroke survivor, Antwerpen, Belgium

    “I, too, had a stroke at a young age...from reading your book I developed a focus...that I have not felt since the stroke.”
    -Peter Oyama, stroke survivor, Aiea, Hawaii

“There is a lesson to be learned here—of perseverance and unlimited hope. I make this book required reading for my students in speech pathology to inspire them never to give up.
-Darlene S. Williamson, MA, CCC-SLP, Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University, Washington, DC

    “I have been reading your book to my husband...he laughed and could certainly relate to all that you went through...you are a remarkable person and certainly a great inspiration for all of us. Thanks so much for sharing.”-Carol, spouse of a stroke survivor, Newport Beach, California

“Your journey is a remarkable tale of victory over adversity after adversity after adversity. Paul and Stephanie make a great team and together you have conquered so much. By sharing your story you have provided hope and inspiration to so many.” -Peggy Cressy, RNC, MS, Director, Community Health,Operation Stroke, Inova Health System, Fairfax, Virginia

    “You are an inspiration to anyone who has a disability...reading your book has given me a new slant on what I need to do. Thanks.”
    -Joyce Hoffman, Cohasset, Massachusetts

“This book is a bright light for families experiencing a stroke or other life-changing event. So much of the information out there is clinical...here is a detailed, compassionate view of the struggles and rewards of dealing with a major life changing event. What’s more, this book is a gripping page turner. I finished in it one evening and found myself yearning for more.”-Tracy Wahl, an Amazon.com reader, Washington, DC

    “I just finished reading your super book! Paul, you’re a great motivator for the disabled!-Robert Wilson, stroke survivor, New York, New York

“The courage you displayed in talking freely about your frustrations and triumphs is stunning, and I’m sure your victories will inspire many—including those who are fortunate enough to live without major disabilities.” -Keith Costa, Managing Editor, Inside the Pentagon, Arlington, VA

    “Well done Paul. I suffered a left side paralyzing stroke 3 years ago, when I was just at the peak of a new profession...I understand your frustrations. People, especially the medical profession, are negative and give you little hope.”-John Morris, Australia

“All speech therapy has been stopped for my father, but after reading this book and seeing what 8 years of therapy has done for Paul, my family is looking into our options once again...People with aphasia are essentially trapped within their own body. Thanks, Paul for having the courage to move forward with your life and to tell your story. It truly gave me hope!!”-An Amazon.com reader from South Lake Tahoe, California

    “This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who is dealing with stroke and brain injured individuals.”-Lisa C. Koches, M.Ed., CCC-SLP, Fairfax, Virginia

“This is the second semester that I have used your book in my class. The students love it, and learn a great deal from your experience. I am sure that they will be better practitioners because of it.”-Doug Simmons, MS, OTR/L,,University of New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Department

    “An excellent way for students to gain insight into the ways that a stroke alters everyday life.”-Becky M. Alwood, OT Student, UNH

“I just loved reading about the progression of Paul’s recovery...It made something I’ve been learning about for 4 years real. It was eye opening...about what it really means to be client centered. -Katherine Mertens, OT Student, UNH

    “Talk about will power, Paul has the determination and courage of ten people times ten.”-Amy Wurster, OT Student, UNH

“It really showed me all the obstacles a stroke survivor must overcome in the home environment...This book truly is a testament to the struggle and dedication it takes to live life with a disability but also to love life with a passion.”-Sarah Gorham, OT Student, UNH

    “Paul’s life is evidence that great strides can continue to be made many years after a stroke.”-Deanna Desranleau, OT Student, UNH

“This book gives the reader the opportunity to experience a CVA the way Paul did, his strengths, weaknesses, losses and gains.”-Megan Connolly, OT Student, UNH

    “An inspiring story, one that will change the way you think of your own life!”-Courtney Marino, OT Student, UNH

“Paul’s story provides hope to individuals who have a disability...as well as to those who are not disabled.” -Heather A. Hutchinson, OT Student, UNH

    “The book did a fantastic job describing his emotions and experiences...Paul serves as a model of courage for everyone.”-Michael Harrington, OT Student, UNH

“I am about to graduate with a degree in the medical profession, and your story helped me to understand the experiences of my future patients. Because of your book, I will be more attentive to them as people and recognize that they can make enormous progress if they persevere.”-J.D.
 

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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