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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
Survivor

Tracey E.
Tracey E.
Survivor

Reciprocal Empowerment
Reciprocal Empowerment
Healthcare Professional

Daily Inspiration
Daily Inspiration
Stroke Survivor

Sheila H.
Sheila H.
Survivor

Jo Anne S.

Jo Anne S.
Jo Anne S.

Survivor

On May 5, 2006, a massive stroke changed my life forever. It turns out that I had a dissection of my right carotid artery and it bled into my brain. At the time, I was only 54 and was working full-time as a public librarian. And I loved it. I was in great health. I walked with my dog a couple miles each day, I never smoked, and since I had a family history of heart disease, I was very proactive about keeping my cholesterol under control. Plus, I had a history of low blood pressure. After the stroke, I woke up talking (true, it was garbled, but hey!). I am a survivor!

I have two absolutely awesome daughters. They stepped up to the plate and have been advocates for me, as well as marvelous caregivers. They have earned gold stars in life and I love them very much. This year, I will celebrate my 5th anniversary as a stroke survivor.

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