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Stroke Camp looking for participants

Stroke camp provides relaxation and relief for survivors

Life after suffering a stroke is challenging. Everyday tasks are much harder.

Last year, Mercy Medical Center found a way to provide some relief for stroke survivors: Stroke Camp.

"It's really a time for stroke survivors and their spouse and or their caregiver to come, get away for a weekend, and let us take care of everything for them," says Nicole Shea, Stroke Program Coordinator at Mercy Medical Center.

This three-day retreat at Inspiration Hills Camp and Retreat Center offers all campers fun activities, including crafts, music, and even a campfire, as well as group discussions and skits. Each activity connects every camper into a unique group.

"Not everybody understands walking or talking," says Contessa Siders, a stroke survivor. "That is some of the challenges that we have every day."

Contessa Siders suffered a stroke at 33 years old, and in her years of recovery, she has seen herself grow. She attended camp last year, and loves everything about it.

"Going through that, it helps me and everybody else," says Siders.

"They need a break from reality for a little while," says Shea. "And fortunately, we are able to do that for them."

This stroke camp has room for 20 stroke survivors and their caregivers or spouses. Spots are still available, and Mercy Medical Center is looking for more survivors to join.

But don't take our word for it.

"Sign up for camp!" Siders exclaims.

To find out more information about Stroke Camp, you can visit their website here.

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