Julie J

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I am … a Survivor.

It was 6am on March 11, 2017. I had a fun filled day planned – dress shopping with my girlfriend followed by a night out on the town with my husband in D.C. We woke up that morning with excitement for the day! That quickly changed. My husband & I were discussing the day. He noticed something different and asked me why I was slurring my speech. I didn’t know how to reply…Moments later he said “honey, something is wrong. I’m calling 911”. He noticed drooping on the left side of my face. I remember hearing him tell the 911 operator he thought I was having a stroke. I couldn’t move my left side. I couldn’t speak.  I was confused. I was scared. The paramedics arrived and took me to George Washington Hospital in D.C. which has a stroke center. The ER Doctors and Nurses were wonderful. Quickly after arriving at the ER they did a CAT scan followed by TPA medicine. I credit my husband’s quick thinking along with the Doctors decision to give me the TPA medicine for saving my life! Within an hour of the TPA being administered I started getting my motor skills and speech back. I was hospitalized for 2 days. Today, I struggle at times with the why and I sometimes worry about this happening again but overall I am doing great. I am grateful for this life. I am a survivor!