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Jodi C.
Jodi C.
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Tracey E.
Tracey E.
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Bernard R.
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Laura C.


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A new me

I was only 22 years old when I had my first stroke. I have had 6 strokes confirmed on the MRI.

Hello my name is Laura and I'm a survivor! I was visiting a friend when in mid conversation I lost my words. It was very scary for all of us. One of my friends took me to the emergency room and by the time I saw the doctor I was able to put some words together but not form complete sentences. The doctor told me I was fine that it was just an anxiety attack. I had never had one before so I thought I was fine and eventually my speech came back and was released from the hospital.

Then at the age of 31 I was sitting outside when my arm fell off my lap. I said I think I have a pinched nerve or something because I couldn't lift my arm. Then someone said something to me and I tried to answer them back but couldn't. They took me to the emergency room. I was completely aware of what was going on but my words wouldn't come out. I suddenly got very tired and just wanted to sleep but the nurses kept giving me sternum rubs and used some kind of smelling stuff that they would put up to my nose to keep me awake. I soon started to make sounds and eventually make words while in the ER. By the time the doctor saw me this had repeated three more times. He finally ordered an MRI and discovered I had one old stroke and four new ones. I went through a very long time of speech therapy, physical therapy, and cognitive therapy.

About two months into it I had another stroke which was a huge setback from all the progress I'd made. I stuck with it and finally graduated. I suffer from TIA's a couple times a week but other than that most people can't tell anything is wrong with me. I am turning 40 May 19th. It's amazing how far I've come. I just really want people to know that this could happen to anyone.

I was an aircraft mechanic before the strokes and now I can't work because of the TIA's but I'm so thankful to the doctor who took my Symptoms serious enough to do the MRI. I don't know what my future holds but because of the blood thinners I haven't had another full blown stroke. Now I live life with happiness and laughter and am looking forward to another birthday stroke free!

 

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