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Media coverage for Paul's remarkable story of courage and achievement includes national and local television networks, newspapers, professional journals, and trade and consumer publications and websites. 

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Below is a listing of media coverage for Paul and Stephanie, by date:

Consumer: "Member Celebration: Congratulations to Paul Berger and his wife, Stephanie Mensh, on the 20th anniversary of Paul's book," Stroke Comeback Center News & Notes Digital Newsletter, April 2019, click here.

Consumer: Feature article, “Life After Stroke: 10 Tips to Help You With Holiday Travel, “Everyday Health, December 1, 2017, click here.

Consumer: Feature article,”Our Strories #10 Paul Berger”, Helping Hands Stroke Club, A Community for Survivors and Caregivers, Vol. 8, Issue 9, September 2016.

Newspaper: Feature article, "Vienna Volunteer Honored," in Vienna/Oakton Connection, April 22-28, 2015 click here.

Consumer: Feature article, The Different Faces of Caregiving, “Keep an Eye on the Long Term Care Commission” by Stephanie Mensh, Disruptive Women in Health Care,  December 2013

Professional Journal: Article, "How to Succeed in Patient-Centered Aphasia Therapy and Measure Results", Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Volume 18, Number 3 / May-June 2011.

Consumer: Article, “Commendation for Paul Berger,” The Newsletter of the Westlawn Civic Association, Westlawn News, Issue 1, January 2008.

Consumer: Article, “Spotlight on ...,” SCC Newsletter, Stroke Comeback Center, Vol. 2, No.5, Winter 2008.

Consumer: Article, “Bob Hull’s Richmond Report” describing the House Joint Resolution he introduced commending Paul Berger’s inspiration and advocacy, particularly in being named as Advocate of the Year by the Virginia AHA-ASA, Falls Church News-Press, October 30-November 5, 2008.

Consumer: Feature article,”Voluteer Spotlight: Paul Berger and Stephanie Mensh, You’re the Cure Network News - Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, American Heart Association, Glen Allen, VA, October, 2008. 

Consumer: Feature article, “You’ll Be Inspired!”,  NARFE, magazine of the Active and Retired Federal Employees, Alexandria, VA, January 2008.

Consumer: Feature article,” Setting Goals for a Stroke Survivor From the Caregiver's Perspective,” by Stephanie Mensh and  “Tips to Maximize Stroke & Aphasia Recovery,” by Paul E. Berger, Stroke Recovery Association of BC, Vancouver, BC, Vol. 30, No.3, Winter 2007.

Consumer: Feature article, “Coping With Aphasia: Paul's 7 Quick Tips ,” STAR Newsletter, published by North Memorial Hospital, Stroke Center, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Winter 2006.

Consumer: Feature article, “Hobbies After Stroke” and “5 Simple Ways to Find Hobbies After Stroke,” StrokeSmart, magazine of the National Stroke Association, September/October 2006.

Consumer: Feature article, “Ten Travel Tips For Stroke Survivors,” STAR Newsletter, published by North Memorial Hospital, Stroke Center, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Fall 2006.

Consumer: Feature article, Book Review of How to Conquer the World With One Hand…And an Attitude, STAR Newsletter, published by North Memorial Hospital, Stroke Center, Robbinsdale, Minnesota, Spring 2006.

Consumer: Feature article, “Setting Goals for a Stroke Survivor from the Caregiver’s Perspective,” in Caregiver's Corner Online, published by the Fairfax, Virginia Area Agency on Aging, JANUARY 2006.

Radio: Guests on Lets Talk Marketing Radio Show, WEBR, radio and webcast on “Writing and Publishing Your Expertise,” Fairfax, VA. Details available on the show’s website at:

TV: Featured on GoodLife TV's series American Family during its one-hour episode on "Surviving A Stroke,"  Details available on the show's website at:

Consumer:  Featured in the Stroke Comeback Center's Events and Scrapbook website at:

Consumer: Feature article, "Everyday Survival: Connecting You to Helpful Ideas-Tips for Survivors," in Stroke Connection Magazine, published by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, September/October 2004.

Consumer: Article on Paul's presentation to the Montgomery County Stroke Association in its Communique newsletter and website.

TV: Segment on Stroke and Paul's story on Fox 5 Morning News, WTTG-TV/Fox [Washington, DC], May 19, 2004.

Video/Consumer:  Featured on the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's video, "Get the Message 2004," showing how volunteers can communicate to Congress, aired during the briefing session for the AHA/ASA's annual Lobby Day, April, 2004.

Newspaper: Feature article, "Symposium on strokes challenged by survivor," in The Paducah Sun [Kentucky], April 17, 2004.

Professional: Featured in "Meet the Member," monthly column, Greater Merrifield Business Association Newsletter, February 2004.

Newspaper: Feature article, "Stroke victim spreads message of inspiration," The Spokesman [Herrin, Carterville and Johnston City, Illinois], June 12, 2003.  

Consumer:  Article on Paul's presentation to Herrin Hospital's stroke & brain injury support group in Southern Illinois Healthcare News, May 2003.

Newspaper: Feature article, "Stroke survivor shares his message," Health Section, Quad-City Times, September 15, 2003.

Consumer:  Genesis Health System online item on Paul's presentation at Genesis Heart Institute's Adler Educational Center, September 2003.

Video/Consumer:  Featured on National Aphasia Association's video, "Speaking Out 2002," highlighting the work of the association and its biannual national meeting, focusing on the Lobby Day activities organized by Stephanie & Paul, June, 2002.

Consumer: Article on Paul's presentation in Vancouver to the joint meeting of area stroke and rehab organizations, "Paul Berger Says 'Don't Give Up,'" in Aphasia British Columbia Newsletter, June 2002, and posted on the BC Aphasia Centre website at:

Consumer:  Featured in INOVA Health Systems online personal stories on men's health issues, "Stroke," first posted in 2001.

Consumer:  Feature article, "Good Attitude-The Path to Recovery," in Stroke Connection Magazine, published by the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association, January-February, 2001.

Newspaper:  Front page feature/interview as part of Operation Stroke community education launch, "Operation Stroke aims to get the word out about symptoms, care," in The Fairfax Journal, May 21, 2000.

TV:  Feature story, "Overcoming the Odds," on the nationally-syndicated Public Broadcasting System's Healthweek, first aired week of January 20, 2000; updated for special year-end "best" episodes and aired week of December 20, 2000.

TV: Excerpt's from Paul's acceptance speech upon receiving the "Communication Award for Individual Achievement" at the National Council on Communicative Disorder's Annual Award Ceremony at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC, aired on NBC Channel 4, September 7 and 8, 1999.  Click for award details.

TV: Segment on Paul's accomplishments (drawn from a 2-1/2 hour interview at his home) by NBC Channel 4 News Anchor, Joe Krebs, aired on Channel 4, September 6 and 7, 1999.  Click to view online.

Professional:  A feature article, "Stroke Survivor Continues to Strive for More, Overcoming Obstacles," in Be Stroke Smart, newsletter of the National Stroke Association, September, 1999, and as the lead story in its Internet newsletter version at

TV: An interview by Maria Harris on her television show, Taking Dis From Disability, aired on Fairfax Cable Channel 10 in May, 1999.

Government: General Assembly of Virginia Commendation by the Senate and House of Delegates of the Commonwealth of Virginia in recognition of the book's publication, March 1999.

Consumer: Book signing party in Annandale, Virginia, listed on the Dana Foundation's Calendar of Events for Brain Awareness Week, March 1999, attended by 170 people.

Professional & Consumer: Reviews and listings for Paul's book, How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And An Attitude in the following publications:

  • Voice of the Turtle newsletter of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC
  • Disability News Service June 1999 packet
  • National Aphasia Association newsletter
  • Brain Injury Association of Virginia newsletter
  • Northern Virginia Brain Injury Association newsletter
  • Excel! Networking newsletter
  • Fairfax Area Disability Services Board newsletter

Delegate Bob Hull's column in the Falls Church News Press newspaper, March 1999

Supervisor Penny Gross' column in Falls Church News Press newspaper, June 1999.

Eyenet, magazine of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, July 1999.

Over the years prior to publishing his book, Paul demonstrated his commitment to enlightening others about the struggles of people with disabilities-especially those with communication disorders. His two consistent themes were: (1) "don't ignore us, we want to be in the mainstream living full, rewarding lives," and (2) "long term therapy works, and I am proof

Professional Journal:  His return to work in a new career as a computer-aided drafter for a building engineering consulting company was described in an article, "Working With Aphasia-Consumer's Perspective," in Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, Aspen Publishers, Inc., Spring 1999.

Consumer: He addressed a session at the first annual Speaking Out conference of the National Aphasia Association, presenting "How I Cope With Aphasia," in 1998.

Newspaper: He participated in a round-table discussion hosted by the Connections newspapers on the challenges faced by disabled people returning to work, in 1998.

Consumer:  His efforts to lobby on behalf of a commercial space program were recognized by the citizen interest group, ProSpace, who wrote about his visits to congressional offices with other group members and his impact, despite (or perhaps because of ) his disabilities, newsletter, 1996

Newspaper:  His courage in returning to school 10 years after his stroke (to learn computer-aided drafting) was featured in an article, "Keeping eyes on prize after stroke," in the Fairfax Journal, September 15, 1996

Newspaper:  A letter-to-the-editor detailing his progress over the years was printed in the Washington Post's health section in 1994, as a comment to the short term therapy suggested in an article on strokes.

Professional: He was interviewed by PT Bulletin, a weekly newsletter produced for members of the American Physical Therapy Association in 1994.

Professional: He and his wife delivered a presentation, "Focus on Function: Issues from an Adult Client's Perspective," to the Neuro-Developmental Treatment Association Conference, Reston, VA, 1994.

Professional: He was recognized for his achievement in returning to full time work by ICON Employment Services during its "Partnerships for the 21st Century," employer awards program, 1994.

Government: He received a letter of recognition and a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol in his honor from Congresswoman Leslie Byrne, 1994.

Government: He testified on the value of long term speech, physical and other therapies to the U.S. Agency For Health Care Policy and Research's clinical practice guidelines panel on Post-Stroke Rehabilitation in 1992

Newsletter: DADC Newsletter: Summer 2015, “One Hand...And an Attitude, Driving Aids Development Corporation (DADC).

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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.
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