An Incredible Journey of Determination and Recovery

In 2005, Ted W. Baxter was at the top of his game. He was a successful globe-trotting businessman and in peak physical condition. Then, on April 15, 2005, Ted suffered a massive ischemic stroke. Doctors feared he wouldn’t make it.

But that’s not what happened…

Relentless by Ted W Baxter

About The Book


In Relentless, Ted W. Baxter describes his remarkable recovery from a massive stroke. He’s walking again. He’s talking again. He moves through life almost as easily as he did before the stroke, only now, his life is better. He’s learned that having a successful career is maybe not the most important thing. He’s learned to appreciate life more and that he wants to help people, and that’s what he does. He gives back.

Readers of Relentless will be inspired by Ted’s incredible journey of determination and recovery. This is a wonderful resource for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their loved ones, but it is also an inspiring and motivating read for anyone who is facing struggles in their own life


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Praise for Relentless

“When it comes to overcoming aphasia, Ted W. Baxter wrote the book. Relentless is a heartfelt lesson in perseverance, triumph, and transformation.”

Julia Fox Garrison Speaker and author of Don't Leave Me This Way (or When I Get Back on My Feet You'll Be Sorry)



Ted W. Baxter

Ted W. Baxter was born and grew up on Long Island in New York.

He got his bachelor of business administration in three years at Hofstra University in 1984 where he majored in public accountancy. He took a job working for Price Waterhouse as an auditor and he passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first shot. He then became a management consultant soon thereafter, focusing on financial industry clients. While he was working as a senior manager, he attended the Executive Masters Business Administration program at Wharton on the weekends, where he got his MBA, concentrating on finance and strategy.

He built a financial services consulting practice in Tokyo for Price Waterhouse and rose to partner in record time. For the next six years (1995–2001), he lived in Tokyo and Hong Kong, traveling almost constantly between ten Asia-Pacific countries, first for Price Waterhouse and then as a Credit Suisse First Boston managing director. He left Credit Suisse First Boston, eventually landing the global finance post as a managing director at a premiere hedge fund and investment institution, Citadel Investment Group, based in Chicago.

After spending twenty-two years in the financial industry, he retired as a global finance executive with expertise such as international banks and securities, risk management, financial products, controllership, team-building, change management, strategic planning, and information technology systems.

Ted experienced a massive ischemic stroke in April 2005.

Ted now volunteers his time at hospitals, universities and other health institutions in Orange County, California, providing his expertise and his experience as a stroke survivor in a communication recovery program. He is active in various philanthropic efforts and participates as a member of the board of directors of the American Heart and Stroke Association. He is also a speaker and an advocate for health issues such as stroke, aphasia, motivation and health wellness.

Ted lives in Newport Beach, California, with his wife, Michelle, and their dog, Zorro.



As part of his recovery, Ted challenged himself to take part in more public speaking to improve his articulation and fluency. As a result, Ted is a dynamic and inspiring speaker and regularly shares the story of his journey with audience of all sizes.

If you’re interested in having Ted speak at your event, please submit details via the contact form.


If you, or someone you love, has suffered a stroke or currently have aphasia, please refer and download the samples of therapy exercises that aided Ted in his recovery.

Is your book club, support group, or family reading Relentless? Download these questions for discussion and author Q&A to help facilitate conversation.

The Cause

Every year, approximately 800,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke. That’s one person every 40 seconds.

One of the major manifestations of stroke is the difficulty communicating with speech called aphasia, which affects over one million Americans.

Ted is committed to supporting organizations that assist with the prevention of and recovery from stroke and aphasia. If you’d like to get involved, please consider donating your time or dollars to these organizations.


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St. Jude Centers for Rehabilitation and Wellness
3rd Annual “Living with Aphasia” Lecture and Resources Fair

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Book signing and reception

Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA
Talk and book signing

St. Jude’s Wellness Center in Brea, CA

Laguna Beach Books (download flier)
Book signing

UC Irvine Comprehensive Stroke and Neurocritical Care Symposium
Innovations in Stroke Care

University of California Irvine
Talk and Q&A

Brain Rehabilitation and Injury Network (download flier)
Cypress, CA
Book signing

University of Michigan Aphasia Program
Talk and Q&A

Nicola’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, MI
Book signing

USC Keck Medicine, Los Angeles, CA
Talk and book signing

10.13.2019 thru 10.16.2019
Stroke Awareness Oregon
Book signing and community lecture

Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach, CA
Talk and book signing

World Stroke Day Event
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare Systems, Pittsburgh, PA
Talk and book signing

Anaheim Hills Rotary Club
Virtual Event

10.15.2020 thru 10.16.2020
Pacific Stroke Association (PSA)
Annual Stroke Conference
Virtual Event

Fall 2020
13th Annual Clinical AAC (CAAC) Research Conference
Hosted by University of Pittsburgh and Lingraphica
Virtual Event