Strokecast

Episode 034 — Meet Author Ted Baxter

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Chatting with Ted Baxter

' I came home from the airport ...wondering if the firm ... was profitable that day and what I was going to tell my boss and the CEO, and then in the next minute I was fighting for my life and to see if I'd be alive the next morning… Click To Tweet

Over the summer, I heard about Ted W Baxter’s new book Relentless: How a massive stroke changed my Life for the Better. His team sent me a copy of the book and arranged an interview.

In 20015, Ted had a massive stroke. The hemiparesis was one thing to deal with, but Ted was more concerned with the Global Aphasia he developed. What followed was months and years of intense therapy — most of it traditional, some of it less so, as Ted worked not to get his life back but to build a new life. This book is Ted’s story of that journey.

Ted and I talked about the book, of course, but we also covered a lot of other ground as we talked about life as survivors and the broader stroke survivor community

'At that moment, I lost control of language.' -- @TedWBaxter #stroke #aphasia #language Click To TweetWe have an interesting discussion about English as a Second Language. The idea of of treating your native language as a foreign one to reacquire it after stroke is fascinating. There’s a lot of interesting stuff to think about in this book and episode.

More about Ted

Ted W Baxter HeadshotAfter spending 22 years in the financial industry, Ted W. Baxter retired as a global finance executive with a large hedge investment firm based in Chicago. Prior to that, Ted was a managing director for a global investment bank and he was a Price Waterhouse partner and a consultant concentrated on banks and securities, risk management, financial products, and strategic planning. Internationally, he spent 6 years working and living in Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Ted now resides in Newport Beach, CA where he volunteers at several health-related institutions and hospitals in Orange County, leading groups in a stroke-related communication recovery program, and is a member of the Board of Directors at the American Heart and Stroke Association. He is the author of Relentless: How A Massive Stroke Changed My Life for the Better.

'It doesn't matter how long, but to prove that I could make progress -- that was great for me.' -- @tedwbaxter #stroke #aphasisa #relentless Click To Tweet

Hack of the Week

Today is another chance to get better.

It’s seems simple and obvious but this basic mindset shift is critical to recovery.

Recovery doesn’t have a deadline. Despite what you may have heard, recovery doesn’t stop at 6 months, 12 moths, or 2 years. It’s ongoing. Every day is another chance to do more. To pursue better results. We’re alive which means we have another chance to get better each and every today.

Links

Ted Baxter’s Website

http://www.tedwbaxter.com/

Ted on Twitter

https://twitter.com/TedWBaxter

Ted on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/tedwbaxter

Ted on Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/TedWBaxterAuthor/

Relentless on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/Relentless-Massive-Stroke-Changed-Better/dp/1626345201/ref=sr_1_1

My chat with Reva

http://strokecast.com/reva

My Apprentice Blog Posts

https://cromely.blogspot.com/2006/06/apprentice-links.html

'I wouldn't suggest a stroke for anybody, but because I had it, I needed a different life script.' -- @tedwbaxter #stroke #aphasia #recovery Click To Tweet

Where do we go from here

 

'My life is so much better now than it was then.' -- @tedwbaxter #relentless #stroke #recovery Click To Tweet

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