"Joan Gross grew up wanting a dollhouse of her own; as one of 10 children everything had been shared. Furthermore, she wanted to build it herself.
However, Gross never imagined that one day the dollhouse ambition would become a key part of her recovery from a stroke."
"The project was an excellent rehabilitation aid for both my brain and my body," Gross says.
"The concentration helped me to retrieve much of the knowledge I had lost and the continuous use of my left hand contributed to more controlled use of my left side.
"I don't believe the person I was before the stroke could have done what the person I was after the stroke did."