More about why Luke Perry’s death is important to you…


The death of Luke Perry, after the actor suffered what his publicist said was a massive stroke, is evidence that the disease can affect people of any age, the American Heart Association said.

Perry, who starred in “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Riverdale,” died Monday. He was 52.

“Although stroke often affects older individuals, it is not only a disease of the elderly,” said Mitchell S. V. Elkind, chair of the American Stroke Association Advisory Committee. “There is evidence that stroke rates among young people are increasing in the United States and this requires additional research.”

A 2017 report by the American Academy of Neurology found that 15% of all ischemic strokes happen to young adults and adolescents. But a lack of research, awareness and frequency makes diagnosing the symptoms early on a challenge.

Ischemic strokes account for 87% of all stroke cases. They occur when a blood vessel becomes blocked by fatty deposits and blood has trouble passing through to the brain.

Other types of strokes include thrombotic ischemic stroke — triggered by a blocked vessel — and a hemorrhagic stroke, caused by weakened blood vessels that rupture and bleed into the brain.

The cause and type of Perry’s stroke has not been revealed. But Elkind said it’s important to know risk factors and symptoms.

The risk factors

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide — and high blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, according to the American Stroke Association.

Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, obesity and other cardiovascular diseases put people at greater risk for stroke, the heart association said. Avoiding diets with high calories, lots of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium can reduce the risk, as can getting 150 minutes of activity each week, the association said.

The symptoms

The American Heart Association recommends using the acronym F.A.S.T. to remember how to catch the warning signs of a stroke:

Face is drooping.

Arms are weak.

Speech difficulty.

Time to call 911.

D you Want Proof?

I can’t believe it: these are the results of my “Luke Perry died of a stroke”!  of March 4…. more than QUADRUPLED my normal results and March 5 DOUBLED what I usually had.

From this:

To this:

Get Disability Insurance Now!!!!! If you are unsure who to call, send me a note and I will give you some names.

Another reference letter…

Another standing ovation…followed up with this letter:

Certified Financial Services

One of my colleagues on the west coast suggested I listen to Gordon and Jill Viggiano’s story. He heard them speak before more than 100 insurance advisors and guests. I watched their video and at that moment knew I had to have them speak to my company as well.

Ten years ago, Gordon suffered a massive stroke and he worked tireless hours to rehabilitate himself. Jill’s story is every bit as engaging. Being there every step of the way speaks volumes of her dedication and love for her husband.

As my company’s DIS (Disability Income Specialist) it was perfect timing for a meeting in May which was Disability Insurance Awareness Month. Their story was inspirational and entertaining at the same time. When Gordon would mention something on the lighter side, Jill was always laughing as if she heard it for the first time!

It was quite moving to hear firsthand why we do what we do. Thank you, Gordon and Jill for your moving story.

Melvyn N. Feinbloom, CLTC


Jill is still amazing; take a look at what she recently wrote to someone…

Every week, Jill responds to caregivers reaching out for help.  I like this one:

I can relate to your post. My husband survived a massive stroke at 51 (carotid artery dissections). He lost the use of the right side of his body, his ability to think clearly, speak, and his memory. The man I brought home from the hospital was completely different from the man I married. He was essentially a child again. He threw tantrums, he lied, he cursed, he said things he would never have said in his right mind. It was terrifying for me and for our kids. He was unpredictable, impulsive, and very unclear about what was normal and what was not.

Here’s the good news: things got better. We are now 10 years post-stroke and although he will always be disabled, he is much more the person he was before the stroke. He walks, mostly talks, remembers well, and mostly behaves like the man he was. I give him 80% back to his original personality.

Here’s the more difficult news: It took about 2 years to stop acting like a child. Over about 5 years, the crazy mood swings gradually lessened and slowly he became an adult again. Even now, he struggles with making sense of the world around him.

Early on, I heard stories of marriages destroyed by stroke–the relationship became caregiver/survivor, no longer husband/wife. I refused to let that happen. I had to consciously treat him as my husband and partner in life but take care of him like a caregiver. There were many times when I had to discipline him like a child but always with respect for my husband. I had to include him in decisions and let him take on responsibilities when he thought he was ready, even if I didn’t believe it. I couldn’t hover over him checking everything he did and minimize his effort or make him feel useless. Even 10 years later, I have to think very carefully before I intervene in his efforts and sometimes just have to wait for him to ask for help. I walk a fine line between wife, caregiver, and partner.

I wrote a book about the experience. You might find it helpful. Painful Blessing by Jill Viggiano (on Amazon). Take heart. Our life was changed forever but with work, patience, and love, our life is good–different but good. Your husband has a terrible brain injury. He isn’t being awful on purpose. Work toward recovery but remember that recovery happens in teeny tiny steps. Good luck and God bless.

Jill wrote this note.  I consider myself blessed by having such a wonderful person in my life.  If I had to care for her, I don’t think I would still be there for my bride!  That is terrible to say…but I don’t honestly think I would have been there for my bride of 28 years. Each day, I am more amazed that Jill stood by me…. even in those early days!