Bay resident to be featured on WVIZ/PBS special

Bill Forester and his wife, Lori, tape a segment for the upcoming WVIZ/PBS special about strokes.

Two years ago, Bill Forester of Bay Village was a multitasking machine, working as a teacher at Lorain County Community College, as well as a realtor and a labor negotiator. But in August 2009, the then-51-year-old was stopped in his tracks when he suffered a massive stroke that left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak.

Bill tells his story and shares his process of rehabilitation (he recently ran a half marathon!) on the WVIZ/PBS program “Surviving Stroke,” premiering Thursday, Sept. 29, at 8 p.m. The special also looks into the exciting new developments being made locally in stroke-related research, as well as stroke prevention tips.

A stroke occurs every 40 seconds in America, ranging from barely noticeable to massive and deadly. And although there are risk factors – older age, less healthy lifestyle – that can increase the chances of having a stroke, it can also strike in someone who doesn’t have the typical warning signs, which was the case for Bill.

The television program is part of ideastream’s multiple-media exploration of strokes – learning and recognizing the symptoms, examining new technologies that are revolutionizing stroke survival and exploring the future of stroke treatment and prevention. The programming airs Sept. 23-Oct. 2 on 90.3 WCPN and WVIZ/PBS, with additional health information at For a schedule of all programs, visit

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:59 PM, 09.20.2011