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The Henry Winkler Interview (Page 3 of 3)

An Interview with Henry Winkler

Henry Winkler:  I do, indeed.
Gary Barg:  What kind of stories do they tell you?
Henry Winkler:  They tell me that it really, really helped them.  It helped them be a better caregiver.  It helped their job.  It helped their patient.  It helped their parent.  It helped their child.  They are just grateful. 
Gary Barg:  How many folks in the country are going through this? 
Henry Winkler:  Over a million.  A million people have had a stroke in America and a tremendous amount of those get upper limb spasticity. 
Gary Barg:  Thatís amazing.  What were people doing before?
Henry Winkler:  Living with it.  Struggling with it. 
Gary Barg:  What is the one most important piece of advice you have for family caregivers?
Henry Winkler:  Iíd say I have two things.  One is make sure that your glass is half full so you can present that glass to the people you work with.  Thatís number one.  I think everything comes from self-image.  I really do. 
Gary Barg:  Thatís excellent.  And your second one?
Henry Winkler:  And my second one is tenacity.  That somehow you keep the fire burning to take those tiny steps forward because it is so easy to just give up. 
Gary Barg:  Absolutely.  And so, then, the number one thing you have to do is care for yourself first.
Henry Winkler:  Yeah, thatís right. Thatís in everything. I so agree with that. I always say that if you donít get it together with your own personal self, you canít do much.
Gary Barg:  You can be no help to anyone else.

Henry Winkler:  Thatís right.  Believe it or not, when I speak publiclyónot about this, necessarily, just when Iím speaking, I end my speech with that very thought. You know, there is no altruism, actually.  Thatís a concept that is, I think, unlivable. 
You do something nice and it feels good.  You are also doing it for yourself.
Gary Barg:  Right.  You canít ignore yourself. 
Henry Winkler:  You canít ignore yourself.  There is nothing wrong with not ignoring yourself as long as your circle widens to include at least one other human being.


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