Matthew D.

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I am … a Survivor.

I am a 37 year old firefighter from Milwaukee. I am married with one son. In January of 2018, i had an ischemic stroke while on duty at the firehouse. My right arm went completely numb, and i lost all ability to speak. Luckily, my legs still worked and i ran to our dispatch room, and was pointing at our 911 phone. I then layed on the floor just hoping help was coming. Help did come, and i was rushed to the hospital, and while on the ambulance, all i could do was think about my wife and son, and i couldnt believe i was doing this to them. In the hospital i was given a TPA injection, and transferred to another hospital. My speech started slowly coming back along with feeling in my arm. I cant believe i had a stroke. I dont drink, i dont smoke, i exercise, and was healthy. They still found no reason for the cause of my stroke, but i am feeling great today, and am fully recovered. I have a new perspective on life, and i am grateful for everyday.