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Sarah R.

May 29, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

My stroke story begins October of 2014, after some trouble Breathing and weakness to my right side I went to the hospital, however they didn't think to check for stroke and misdiagnosed me with respiratory distress. My second stroke took place March 28th 2015 I again had respiratory issues and weakness but two new and terrifying symptoms took place one being an intense pressure in the back of my head the second being numbness on the right side of my face. My pcp said it was "migrane and bells palsy" and put me on a multitude of medicine such as prednisone, amitriptyline, imitrex, and a benadryl and comp. Mix none of which helped. After 2 months of this nonstop pressure they finally got me to a neurologist who after 3 hrs said I had been misdiagnosed And in reality had suffered 2 brainstem strokes. This was last Friday (it's may 29th) and put me on a 81 MG aspirin regime among other things and warned I was High risk for another. Fast forward to Tuesday may 26th I woke up and couldn't move my right arm and facial droop was 100x worse. I panicked and called my neurological Dr who ordered me to go to geisinger Danville PA where I spent several days undergoing multiple testing such as a spinal tap, mri, CT etc. Though nothing definitive showed on imaging it was determined I took a third stroke. I'm still unable to move my right arm and I'm scared, and upset and question why at 25 years old I'm now a 3 time stroke Survivor. It's the little things that upset me like being unable to tie my shoes or put my hair in a pony tail, or being able to pick up my daughter Or even how long it took to type this. I have a long road ahead of me but I am a survivor, if anything this made me more determined to Get not only back to normal but better than ever.

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