I am 32 years old and from Iowa. My initial stroke was 1 1/2 years ago, then it was followed up by another stroke about 6 mos later, in September. I was in shock when I had my first stroke when the doctor told me that is what had happned. I was at home watching TV and I wasn't feeling very well. Then, I suddenly wasn't able to move my right arm the right way, was feeling dizzy and my speech wasn't coming out correctly. I almost couldn't complete sentences. After a while it went away with still just feeling like yuck. I had no idea what had happened and just went on w/ what I was doing. A day or 2 later I could feel something wasn't right or the way it was. So, I ended up going to the emergencey room as I couldn't explain my lack of ability to communicate. I could talk just fine, but my thinking was slow and I wasn't able to concentrate. They did an MRI and found I had a stroke. I think they were almost as shocked as I was. It was kind of an emotional thing to think of brain having a dead spot. I kind of moved on and was directed to take a very low strength blood thinner. This however, must not have made my blood thin enough as I had another stroke w/ similar symptoms again in September. It was almost exactly 6 mos later. I was devastated, as I believed that my memory will never be right again. This time I had no symptoms at all as it happened in my sleep. I just had a headache and felt really off and once again having an issue w/ my memory, but it was more present this time. This was very hard for me to accept. I had issues at work w/ remembering tasks, completing my work and concentrating on what I am doing.
So, I am still bothered by the effects of mystroke, but I do a bit better in all areas I had an issue w/ right after my strokes. I can sit and do my work, concentration is a bit better and I try not to take on as much as I had before.
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