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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Tyler S-A.
Tyler S-A.
Survivor

Larissa B.
Larissa B.
Survivor

Heather H.
Heather H.
Caregiver & Family

Paul B.

Paul and his family
Paul and his family

Survivor

 

Paul

Paul in a therapy session.

I am 44 years old, a former Marine, a police officer and a SWAT entry team operator. In March 2010, I was in the gym at work working on advanced ground fighting techniques and suffered a severe stroke. I was in top shape and have been all my life. I wrestled for 16 years, was in the Marine Corp for 9 years and have been a police officer for 15 1/2 years. Thanks to my level of physical fitness, I was able to get back on my feet fairly quickly. However, I was  sidetracked by health insurance, which only allowed 20 physical therapy visits per incident. I am now back in therapy, but frustrated by my physical condition and the red tape of the healthcare system. Being young and completely surprised that this could happen to me, I look forward to the opportunity to help others and/or raise awareness about stroke.

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