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Support Groups

CVA/Stroke Resources

National Stroke Association
Phone: 1-800-STROKE or 1-800-787-6537.
Offers online access to Stroke Smart Magazine and complete listing of stroke support groups by state.

American Stroke Association
Phone: 1-888-4-stroke or 1-888-478-7653.
Offers online access to Stroke Connection Magazine.

The Innovative Recreation Cooperative (IRC) is a nationally recognized education and awareness program bringing community resources to enhance the lives of those with physical disabilities through adaptive sports to include: snow, skiing, water skiing, cycling, scuba diving, golf, paddling, climbing and marksmanship.
Current schedule of events:
For more information contact Al Kaye: (865) 331-1353

Knoxville Office on Aging
Phone: 865-524-2786 

Helen Ross McNabb Center

Stroke Support Groups

Oak Ridge Stroke Support Group – Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Meets the last Tuesday of the month from 4pm-5pm. Meeting times will vary in July and December. For more information, contact Janie Bollinger at 865-494-7350 or Faye Freeman 865-482-4474

Patricia Neal Different Strokes Support Group – Knoxville, Tennessee
Meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information contact Wendy Callahan@ 865-331-2364 or

Scenic City Stroke and Aphasia Support Group – Chattanooga, Tennessee
Aphasia Support Group meets First Tuesday of the month from 11:30am-1pm. The Stroke Support Group meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 11:30am-1pm. For more information contact Molly Trainor@ 423-697-9292 or

Vanderbilt Stallworth Stroke Support Group – Nashville, Tennessee
Meets the second Thursday of the month at 4pm. Contact Rachel Boehrer at 615-320-7600

Vanderbilt Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group
Meets the fi rst Thursday of each quarter. Contact Kiersten Espaillat at

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.