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Nicole D.

March 13, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

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. 

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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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