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Michelle L

May 19, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

In October 2004, I was diagnosed with Moyamoya Disease which is a rare vascular brain disease. Before my actual diagnosis, I had actually suffered several small strokes (which no residual effects) and numerous TIA's (transient ischemic attacks). After brain surgeries on both sides of my brain, I suffered a stroke that caused me to have a dropped foot on my right foot. Not only did I have to recover from having brain surgeries, but I also had to learn how to walk again after those surgeries due to the stroke. Now I'm just over 10 years after my stroke and I have gained 90% control of my foot back. I can now walk again as well. Some of which I still have difficulties with are balance, some memories, coming up with words and remembering things. I'm happy to say though that I survived and now concentrate on living my life to the fullest. It was a hard road to haul, but with God, all things are possible.

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I had a stroke in 1982 at the age of 28. My left side was paralyzed. The parts of my brain affected were memory and emotion banks. I am left-handed so it presented a challenge. And if I may say so, I met that challenge. My hand draws up like many stroke survivors, and when I get real tired my foot and leg drag a bit. All in all I've recovered 95%. Back then docs said it was caused by mitral valve prolapse, but I was told 5 years ago MVP doesn't cause strokes. So I have no clue why. I am so blessed to be in as great shape as I'm in, but I'd really like to know what caused it.

Hi Michelle. I'm Stacey. I had a stroke 10+ years ago. I'm NOW getting things to help to get better. But almost all that was affected was my right side physically. I sound emotional when talking, though I'm not really. And get emotional at times. Good Luck in your continued recovery from stroke.              

 

 

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