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I just got this email from Bob Cook.  Check this out!

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Gordon and Jill presented to our team and I was very pleased with the outpouring of gratefulness afterwards from our team.

Some teammates were in tears when they asked Gordon and Jill follow-up questions and thanked them for sharing their story.  Many thanked me for allowing them present, were happy to receive their book and asked me for direct contact information to follow up.

Several had been touched by stroke or disability and we had a heartfelt discussion as a team about what is really important in life.  We also reviewed our corporate benefits options and I know of at least one Associate that purchased additional disability coverage immediately on himself for his family.

We hope to share this presentation beyond out Market by having the Viggianos present at a Regional gathering in the future.

The presentation is surprising, gripping, educational, motivational and inspirational and I recommend Gordon and Jill for any group that could use a little of any of the above!

Thanks Gordon!

Robert W. Cook
Senior Vice President
Market Executive, Oregon Idaho


Did you know that 50 million adults in the USA have a disability?

50 million adults in the United States who have a physical or mental disability.   I want to find a way to help this astounding number of brave men and women who battle more on a daily basis than many of us can understand.  Here are some web sites you can visit:

Information for Disabled Persons (

Disability Accommodation in the Home (Cost Guide

Certain Developments Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities

A Guide for Disabled Homebuyers

Home Ownership for People with Disabilities

Keep Your Home through Debilitating Disease

American Association on Health and Disability Resource Center

Swimming and Special Needs

Stay Active with a Disability: Quick Tips

State-by-State Help for Family Caregivers

Guide for Family Caregivers

How Caregivers Can Take Better Care of Themselves

They are now stored in MEDIA CENTER under IMPORTANT LINKS

Putting the Public Back in Public Health
For more information, visit

Coming back from a stroke


Krista Davidson
Published on June 24, 2015
Rehabilitative research could help patients recover lost abilities. Standing, walking and speaking are everyday functions most of us take for granted, unless you’re a recovering stroke patient.

Stroke, which is the third leading cause of death in Canada, is the sudden loss of brain function caused by the interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain. It can affect your ability to see, speak and walk.

It’s one of the most disabling disorders for adults in North America.Michelle Ploughman of Memorial University’s faculty of medicine and a team of interdisciplinary researchers are conducting research that will help stroke patients recover many of the physical and cognitive functions affected by stroke.The research could lead to a remarkable breakthrough for stroke patients.Operating out of the Recovery and Performance Lab at the L.A. Miller Centre in St. John’s, Ploughman’s team is a blend of honours, master’s and doctoral students in areas including psychology, physiotherapy, kinesiology and clinical epidemiology. Each discipline is contributing to the recovery of patients.One of those students is a physiotherapist and master’s student with the faculty of medicine, Jennifer Shears. Shears is researching two methods of sit-to-stand treatment to achieve symmetry, which is often the first task a recovering patient must learn.

One method promotes compensating for the weak side while the other promotes full recovery through rehabilitation. Shears’ research is supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.

“Sit-to-stand is a task that most people don’t think about, but the neuromuscular co-ordination required to get from sitting to standing is tremendous, and the power to lift your body weight using your legs is challenging,” said Ploughman.

The research is so innovative the team had to enlist the help of MUN’s technical services department to design and build a customized bench with an adjustable mechanism that would provide patients with the right support, regardless of disability level, height and weight.

Ploughman, who holds a Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation, Neuroplasticity and Brain Recovery, is also conducting research that promotes increased physical and cognitive recovery in stroke patients. Her research is supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery.

The project is one of the first in Canada to combine both vigorous physical and cognitive activity in the rehabilitative process with the aim of restoring pre-stroke functions.

Now working with its third group of patients, the program follows an intense 10-week schedule. Fourteen people have already finished the program. While there’s much research yet to do, the preliminary results are promising.

“People are improving and we’re able to get more recovery from this program,” said Ploughman.

Patients are not only making a comeback from stroke, but many are continuing their exercise regime, which could significantly reduce the recurrence of another stroke.

Interested in learning more or want to be considered for the project? Contact Michelle Ploughman, (709) 777-2099.

Krista Davidson is a communications co-ordinator for the Office of the Vice-President (Research) at Memorial University. Email

Are women a bigger risk for stroke?

stroke-preventionThe answer is YES!

I had the privilege of speaking to a group of women last week, only one of whom owned a disability insurance policy.  Why did that one woman own that policy?  Because she had already gone through the devastating experience of not being able to work and losing everything.

If you are reading this blog, please consider what would happen to you and your family if you were unable to work.  What would be the effect?  If we hadn’t owned insurance, I would have had to find a job–fast.  What would have happened to Gordon?  Who would have taken care of him and worked with him on his recovery?  Who would have been there for the kids?  What would have happened to us?

Women are 5 times more likely to have a disability claim than men.  I will say it again.  Women are 5 times more likely to have a disability claim than men. Think about that.  Yeah, we’re smart and beautiful…but we need to also be financially prepared.  Please don’t wait until it is too late.  It just isn’t worth the gamble.

Jill Viggiano

Listen to my fans!



“The story you and Jill shared was inspiring, thought-provoking and a welcome departure from our typical speakers at this event.”

Linda Navarro
President & CEO, Oregon Bankers Association


“Working, as we do, in the health care and insurance fields your presentation helped reinforce how important it is for us to always remember that the work we do is ultimately about being there for our members when they need us most.  Your story is a window into what others may be experiencing and how critical is the need for compassionate, competent healthcare.”

Mark Charpentier
VP, Kaiser Permanente


“Jill made their experience relevant to our audience by sharing how the disability insurance coverage that their family had purchased made it possible for them to meet their financial obligations.” 

Janet Schober | Manager, IDI Sales Program
The Standard

I Love Insurance People!

Gordon and I had the opportunity to speak to the Idaho Association of Health Underwriters this week.  I always look forward to talking to people in the insurance industry  for 2 reasons:  1- they are so warm and friendly, and 2 – because 20 years ago, an insurance salesman changed our lives.

When we were first married, our insurance rep would not rest until Gordon bought disability insurance.  18 years later when Gordon survived his stroke, that disability policy that made it possible for me to focus on him and his recovery rather than having to look for a job.  What would have happened to Gordon if I hadn’t been able to be home with him?  I shudder even thinking about it.

So thank you to all you insurance professionals!  Yours is a noble profession and I, for one, appreciate you.

Jill Viggiano