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Workshop tells stroke vicitims, ‘Yes you can!’

By From page A4 | July 14, 2013

After suffering a stroke 19 years ago, Rosanna Radding taught herself how to cook with one hand. She'll share tips at a free workshop and demonstration Tuesday at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. Courtesy photo

Have you ever found yourself in the situation of having to do everything using only one hand? An injured hand, a really sore arm, holding a baby — all are usually temporary conditions.

But when Rosanna Radding had a stroke 19 years ago, she suddenly found herself to be one-handed in a two-handed world, challenged by simple tasks such as tying her shoes, opening a can or jar, holding something down to cut it and cooking.

She will give a “One Hand Can Cook” workshop and demonstration from 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday for the UC Davis Stroke Support Group, which meets in Room 3015 on the third floor of the Ellison Building at the UCD Medical Center, 4360 Y St. in Sacramento. Parking is available in the structure next door.

Radding will repeat the demonstration from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the California State Fair. She’ll be in the California Foodstyle Building 2 at the Expo Center on the fairgrounds on Exposition Boulevard in Sacramento.

“Cooking had long been fun for me, a way of expressing and sharing myself with friends and family,” she says. “Following the stroke, being able to cook for myself and for my loved ones became a powerful symbol of my independence.

“Learning my way around a kitchen again; finding, repurposing, redesigning and designing tools that work for me with one functional hand has since proven to be a tremendous boost to my successful rehabilitation and transition into my ‘new normal,’ ” she continues. “Equally as important, I have taken the lessons of what I have learned from my re-education in the kitchen into other areas of my life and take great pride in living my life ‘re-abled’ rather than disabled.”

For more information, visit www.onehandcan.com or email [email protected].

Enterprise staff

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