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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

Edna B.


Survivor

"I guess a headache can't kill you, but this one sure feels like it could...." Little did I know that a few days later, on the morning I was supposed to return to my home in Maryland after attending a professional conference, I'd collapse in the lobby of my hotel and be rushed to a hospital where I was diagnosed with a hemorrhagic stroke.

I was 47, with a husband, two teens, a dog, a mortgage, and a successful career, having represented the United States at the WTO. 

I wasn't a smoker nor obese. As an adoptee, my family history is a question mark. I've been incredibly lucky in my recovery. My vision was impaired, so I can't work or drive, and I'm easily fatigued. Otherwise, I lead a normal life. Having been spared aphasia, I have a unique ability to explain eloquently what it's like to survive a stroke. And every chance I get, I tell others that a headache actually COULD kill you. In particular, I hope that we can revise the "FAST" acronym to one that includes an "H" for a severe headache with no known cause.

 

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