Support Group

Virtual support groups

Experiencing a stroke at a young age and navigating through the recovery process can be quite daunting and lonely, especially given that for so long stroke has been typically considered a disease that impacts older individuals. 

Here at Life After Stroke, we want to assist young stroke survivors with their rehabilitation and recovery. We hold monthly virtual support groups for young brain injury survivors across Canada and worldwide! These support groups allow survivors to connect with each other over shared similar experiences. The support group leaders also provide helpful resources for attendees and have guest speakers who specialize in various aspects of stroke recovery.

Our support groups are led by Julie Tomaino, who is a stroke survivor herself, and our support group coordinators: Ella Sofia (young stroke survivor and motivational speaker), Rachel (occupational therapist), and Evita (young stroke survivor).

New attendees are always welcome! Please email julie@julietomaino.com for more information and to sign up to attend!

Young Stroke Survivor Support Group Meeting

Our next young stroke survivor virtual support group is Wednesday January 26th. The theme is One-handed Adaptive Cooking and other one-sided skills with special guests Rachel Dinoff and  Bill Monroe!

Join us at 7 PM EST/ 5 PM MST/4 PM PST on Zoom where you will get to connect with other members of our growing community to chat about how you are doing.

Rachel Dinoff

Rachel Dinoff has been volunteering with Life After Stroke since February 2021. She is an occupational therapist and has worked in stroke rehab in inpatient and community settings. She is passionate about supporting young brain injury survivors throughout their recovery journey and is looking forward to her continued involvement with LAS!

Bill Monroe

About Bill Monroe:

I am a Generation X Stroke Survivor.

I woke up on the morning of June 3, 2017, with a blood clot in my basal ganglia, which robbed me of the use of my left arm and leg. With a lot of work, physical therapy, and occupational therapy, I relearned how to walk, albeit with a nifty cane. My arm is getting better, and years later, my fingers are coming back.

Recovery does not stop at 6 months, 12 months, or 18 months, despite what anyone tells you.

In February of 2018, I launched the Strokecast podcast where I explore rehab, recovery, the frontiers of neuroscience, and one-handed banana peeling. I talk with survivors, researchers, medical professionals, writers, industry professionals, disability activists, and more. We share stories, tips, and information to help folks live there best life after stroke.

When I’m not podcasting, I work as corporate trainer and product evangelist on the Microsoft 365 for Journalists program. Throughout my career, I’ve taught people how to use computer software and hardware to improve their personal and professional live. I’ve done media interviews at major tradeshows for broadcast around the world, and I’ve appeared on QVC multiple times.

I live in Seattle, WA, with my long-term girlfriend. I grew up in Queens, NY, and went to college in Helena, MT. I had a great time and education as part of the Carroll College Talking Saints, the school’s award-winning Speech and Debate team. My move to Seattle supported my coffee, sushi, and nerdy activities habits.

You can reach me via email at Bill@Strokecast.com, on Twitter @CurrentlyBill, and on Instagram @Bills_Strokecast.


Email julie@julietomaino.com or more information and to sign up. And if you’ve never used Zoom before, no worries—we got you! Here’s a step-by-step guide for how to use Zoom for our virtual support group.


While we usually love to bring our Life After Stroke community together, unfortunately due to the COVID-19 pandemic all in-person events within our community are on hold for the foreseeable future. Keep an eye out on this page though for all of our upcoming virtual meet-ups or—even better—when we return with IRL meetups. Can’t wait to see you all again and connect.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear of our return to community events. 

You can check out some of our Support Group guest Speakers on our YouTube Channel.