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Stephanie K.

October 15, 2015

I am ... A Survivor

I was 31 and I had a 4 year old daughter. I was driving her to dance class and all of the sudden I wasn't able to see my rear view mirror. I knew something was wrong. I got to dance class and one of the mothers was a nurse. I told her what was going on and she told me that I should get to the hospital. I asked if I could wait until dance class was over and she advised me to leave as soon as possible. I had a friend come pick me up and bring me to the hospital. This entire event happened within 20 minutes. I got to the hospital and told them I was blind in my right eye. I had a blind spot in my vision. The rest of the night and into the next day is a hazy anxiety ridden blur. They did a catscan that night and nothing was seen on the catscan. The next morning they did an mri. My daughter was visiting me and a dr walked into my room. She informed me I had a stroke. I was sobbing uncontrollably. I held my daughter and cried. I had no idea what to expect. The next day I started feeling funny on my right side. They gave me another mri and found that the stroke had evolved. I now live with the blind spot in my vision, cognitive issues, right sided tightness and pain. I have balance issues and tremor. I do notice that stress seems to make my symptoms worse. All of that being said, I am so happy to still be here. I am so lucky to still be here. I still get to hug my child. If you look at me, you would never know I had a stroke. I was smoking and on birth control. I warn women all the time and use my story, my life, as a cautionary tale.

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