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December 1, 2013

I am ... A Survivor

I encountered a mini stroke in the gym while weight lifting on 9 November 2013. I didn't think it was possible because of my age and fitness level. I realized largest that a stroke has no rhyme or reason for choosing is victems.

The week of November 9th I hadn't felt very well but attributed a series of dizzy spells and nausea to anemia. On Saturday 9 November I was surprised that I awoke feeling great. Since I had been sick all week I decided to go to the gym to do light weight lifting. 5 minutes into my routine I was completely spent, panting, clamy, sweating and dizzy. I grabbed a bar next to me right before I went head first towards a pair of racked barbells. My right hand held on and I slid down to the floor hunched over.

I had no idea why I felt so out of breath and why the dizziness had progressed. I thought to myself "I'm having a medical alert". I tried to call for help but could not speak. My eyes rolled back and I could not pen them no matter how hard I tried. I began to throw up on myself and people around me realized that something was wrong. All I could think was that I was dying.

I later learned that I had a mini stroke that caused damage to both sides of my cerebellum. The recovery is progressing with some setbacks but I am determined to work hard and succeed. Strokes have no rhyme or reason for who they choose to attack. Positive thinking after a stroke makes all of the difference in recovery.

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I also learned that strokes choose their victims by random, I also led a very healthy lif-style. Use that as a stepping stool to regaining your strentgh as well as the support of positve family and friends! Don't take no/ you can't and ignore the you'll never's. Think of surviving as a re-do , for example getting away from a bad job, toxic people starting fresh with a new outlook, learn what you can. Never give up!

i am like the girl in the story. I was in great shape did not smoke, drink. My cholesterol‎ was great. It happened my first day at work. I work at a big hospital and I was talking to the pharmacy and another nurse when I got so dizzy and things went quick from there. Well after being in ER and my family telling them they were wrong that I did not have a inner ear infection and they better keep me and see what was happening because at this time I could not talk and when I did I sounded drunk off my butt. Let's just say 2 days later the doctor comes in and said Wendy you had a stroke and we need to keep you for a bit. I gained my walking and motor skills quick a little weak on right. My biggest problem was I was very nervous all the time. When I get panic attacks it goes right to my right side weakness. My biggest fear is why and please don't happen again. I ave been through a lot of bad things in my life, but this by far was the worst ever. It was like my world turned upside down. I know that way worst things could happen but I would never wish this on anyone. I have gone back to working out and light weights. Today I am going to six Flaggs with my family but no roller coasters doctor said too soon. I am scared but we must all face fears or we have already lost. Thank you for reading my story

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