Courtney G.

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I am … a Survivor.

July 2016 I was having a good night with my friend and sons. I didn’t have any headaches or wasn’t feeling dizzy, everything was just fine. I got up the next morning, and my friend had asked me to charge his phone up, well, I couldn’t hold on to the charger. I thought, “What’s up with this?” As I tried to plug up the phone, I started to feel real funny. My friend was getting ready to get in the shower and I found myself asking him, what was he doing. That’s when I told him he needed to call the ambulance. As he was calling, I started to lose my balance. As the first responders came, they were asking if I knew how many fingers he had up, which I did. When I got to the hospital, my blood pressure was 200+ over 100+ and doctors told me that I had a stroke.. Well, being that I’m from a small town I had to get lifelined to the next city. As I’m wandering WHY this is happening to me, the only thing I could think about were my sons. I knew it would be awhile before I seen them, so that was my only concern. I arrived at the hospital and the drs told me that I had a hemorrhagic stroke. After surgery came the therapy part! YAY! (SARCASM INSERTED) I knew I was going to be in for the fight of my life! I had lost my right side, which meant using my left side, I had to deal with facial drooping, speech, and learning to walk again. I was DETERMINED to do for myself! When your use to being independent and you have to completely have help, not me! I’m still learning, but with the help of my close friends and family, I am thankful and blessed! I’m living on my own, driving, and just living life. You will go through life wandering “Why Me”, but don’t question it, because through all the blood, sweat, and tears there’s a lesson to be learned.