Ep 097 — A Stroke in her 20s became a stroke of luck for Maddi Niebanck

Ep 097 — A Stroke in her 20s became a stroke of luck for Maddi Niebanck

I love the stroke survivor community on Instagram. So many survivors share their victories, their struggles, and their lives there, it really shows we are not alone.

It’s also where I met Maddi Niebanck (@MaddiStrokeOfLuck). She regularly does live broadcasts there and includes guests from time-to-time. After one of those broadcasts, I knew I wanted to talk with her on the show.

Maddi had her stroke a few days before I had mine. We were both going through rehab thousands of miles away from each other at the same time.

And now she has a new book coming out. We talk about that and more in this episode.

Bio Madeline Niebanck graduated from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, in May of 2017. A few days later she went to the hospital for a planned surgery to treat an Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). An untreated AVM can result in a serious stroke. During a pre-surgery procedure, though, that AVM gave way and Maddi suffered a stroke.

While going through recovery, Maddi wrote her first book, Fashion Fwd: How Today’s Culture Shapes Tomorrow’s Fashion. Readers loved the book, but especially connected with Maddi’s story of stroke recovery.

That response inspired her to write her second book, Fast Fwd: The Fully Recovered Mindset. It will be available in April, 2020.

Trailer for Fast Fwd Hack of the Week Try an ice bath to deal with tone and spasticity. Plunging your and or arm into a pitcher of ice water may relax the tone or spasticity you are experiencing and allow you to get more out of the exercises you do to recover function.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to check with your therapist or doctor before trying something like this, but it may be just the thing to open that hand.

Links Maddi on Instagram


Maddi’s Website


Maddi on Medium


Maddi on LinkedIn


Fashion Fwd: How Today’s Culture Shapes Tomorrows Fashion

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/164137134X /ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_taft_p1_i0

Fast Fwd: The Fully Recovered Mindset on indiGoGo


New Degree Press


Where do we go from here? Check out Maddi’s new book in April Follow Maddi on Instagram @MaddisStrokeOfLuck Share this episode with one other person by giving them the link http://Strokecast.com/Maddi Don’t get best…get better Strokecast is the stroke podcast where a Gen X stroke survivor explores rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience and one-handed banana peeling by helping stroke survivors, caregivers, medical providers and stroke industry affiliates connect and share their stories.

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