I was 53 years old, single and a very active independent woman when my stroke occurred in December 2012. I was a charismatic Concierge for a hotel and really enjoyed my job! My position allowed me to help people and create a great experience for guests which I loved doing! I was at work and had no warning signs of a stroke (I thought). I just felt like my right leg was a little bit heavy. I thought to myself, heart attack? I took an aspirin at lunch time. I worked my eight hour shift then I went to Urgent Care after work. Urgent Care sent me immediately to the emergency room, once there they thought maybe I was having a TIA (mini stroke). The Dr. said they wanted to keep me overnight to run tests and check everything out. The following morning when I woke up, I learned that I had a full stroke! The stroke was on the left side of my brain which weakens the right side of your body. No one in my family ever had a stroke, I was the first. Upon learning that information I was taken back a bit because I was unaware of what a stroke entailed. The following night I had a talk with God. I told Him that I knew Him and that His word said He is a healer. I decided to stand on His word and believe that he would heal me. He said that He would heal me 100%. So from that point, each and everyday I remained positive and encouraged daily. I decided I was not going to let a stroke be the end of my story. It was not going to stop me from the goals I was pursuing before the stroke. I was taken to Mt Carmel West Stroke Rehabilitation Center. The doctors there told me that therapy would be the only way to recover. I decided to make physical and occupational therapy my way of life. A month later I started therapy twice a week. I only had Speech Therapy for 2 months. My face had a slight droop and my cognitive skills had improved to good. I was determined to do every exercise I was instructed to do at home. I was starving for more information. It was important that I understood what happen to my brain and body. I was informed about a brain study and rehabilitation for people who had a stroke at OSU. I am now walking with no assistant from a cane. I'm using my right arm 80% of the time. I hope my testimony will help others and bring about stroke awareness.
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