2004 - 33 yrs old. Suffered my 1st stroke at home witnessed by my 3 yr old son. My 1 yr old was in bed. First stroke was caused by a clot. At the first hospital, I received TPA. This caused a bleed causing the second stroke. Both strokes were classified as brain stem strokes. I was left side paralyzed, throat, face, bowel/bladder. My right eye turned inward towards my nose. Had to have that surgically repaired. Lost my balance and now have a slight slur. Had to learn to re-do everything. Was on a catheter for 89 days. I can walk without assistance and drive. I have been left with a limp. No big deal with how it could of been. My biggest issue is balance. As I get older, I'm sure I'll need a cane again. Doesn't matter. Just happy to be here 11 years later. It wasn't until the strokes that I found out I have a blood disorder which now has me on Coumadin for life. I had no warning signs. Please get checked if you do. Better safe then sorry.
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