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Liane W.

March 31, 2014

I am ... A Survivor

Another Bump in the Road

2011 was the most difficult time of my life. I had separated from my husband after 13 years, moved out on my own, and then started a new job. It was a overwhelming time dealing with everything. There was a lot of stress. I fought hard to make it. I moved again to another apartment so I could be closer to work. December 14, 2011, was like any normal day off, I did my errands, and then I went home and started my homework. I was talking to my friend Ed on the phone and suddenly began to feel dizzy. I went to bed thinking I was just tired, but I wasn't... I woke up around 8 am, I still felt dizzy. I had never felt anything like this before for this long. I got out of bed and fell to the floor. I managed to get dressed and make it to the phone and call 911. I was all alone. Finally, the paramedics reached me and checked my blood pressure and they said it was stroke level. I got to the hospital a few minutes later and they started tests like CAT scans, blood tests, MRI. I could still move but as time went by my left arm began to go numb. It was at that moment that I knew what was happening. I was having a stroke. Minutes turned to hours. The preliminary CAT scan showed nothing. I was admitted for observation. I went to the telemetry unit. 6 am the next morning I woke up to the hospital staff around me saying I had definitely had a stroke. It was caused by a "brain attack", compared to a heart attack. They immediately started me on lovanox injections and moved me to the ICU unit to be watched. I spent a week in the hospital. The only sound conclusion that the doctors could come to was that the stroke was caused by a blood clot in my leg. I was eventually released from the hospital and spent the next month and a half at a rehab hospital. I was depressed because life was passing me by. I wasn't in control of my life anymore. It has now been 2 and ? years since my stroke. I still have some loss of feeling on my left side, and I have made some gains, I have also lost about 80 lbs. Am I healthy? Not quite. Am I happy? Yes and no. I've been through a lot the past couple of years with ups and downs and I have a long way to go. I don't know if I will fully recover, but I'm going to give it my best shot.

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