I suffered a stroke at the age of 46. As a woman, wife, mother, business owner, and caretaker to my mother, stroke robbed me of the capability to care for my family while I recovered and spent time in rehabilitation. My sense of security was shaken, and stroke has had a profound effect on not only me, but my family, friends, and colleagues.
Everyday brings new challenges to improve my physical abilities, but each day is also an opportunity to move beyond stroke.
Stroke has shown me how deeply a serious medical condition can impact your children's well being, and has made me want to raise the awareness for overall support for the entire family of a stroke survivor. I am an advocate for stroke research and want to ensure that everyone has access to rehabilitation, regardless of financial constraints. I am proof that stroke rehabilitation works. I want all stroke survivors to feel comfortable discussing stroke openly - especially in the work place to help educate others about stroke, and overcome some of the stigma related to stroke.
As a stroke survivor, I have an obligation to help educate and improve the healthcare system that provides support to those who have suffered a stroke. I have participated in the NSA NY marathon team the past two years, as a small way to help educate and raise awareness, but I have a long way to go to continue these efforts for others and myself. The statistics of stroke amongst women is alarming and needs to be addressed in our society.
Stroke is not who I am, but it is a part of me and I live with it each day.
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