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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Babe & Jean
Babe & Jean
Caregiver & Family

Emily D.
Emily D.
Survivor

Valerie G-S
Valerie G-S
Survivor

Lindsay P.

Lindsay
Lindsay

Healthcare Professional & Survivor

Everything had stopped. My care-free, teenage years were gone. I was the invincible 16-year-old no longer. 

As I lie in my hospital bed, I hear the one word I never thought I would: STROKE. I think, "The doctor is wrong, I'm too young! Only old people have strokes!" I found the strength and the drive to recover in spite of receiving a poor prognosis from doctors. Imagine not being able to perform elementary tasks including walking. That was me, and it was only the tip of the iceberg of what I have had to relearn. Fortunately, when anyone tells me I cannot do something, it quickly becomes my challenge to prove them wrong! Thirteen years later, my stroke has led me to the field of rehabilitation with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. I believe that life is unpredictable, but some events seem to happen for a reason. Since my stroke, I have had a desire to promote awareness to the public and healthcare professionals, that people of all ages can have strokes. I learned that young stroke survivors often have unusual or rare causes, and different prognoses. Much of the information and knowledge about stroke is for older people. Young stroke survivors have little help and understanding available.  

Since my stroke I have met many children and young adults who have had strokes and who need advocacy and inspiration. I would welcome the opportunity to educate the public, work for advocacy, and provide much needed inspiration for this age group.

» Learn more: Kids and Pediatric Stroke

 

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