Have you ever been hospitalized and get this enormous craving for something specific to eat? We’ve heard mashed potatoes, steak, ice cream, and many other good choices. When Amy could first speak again after her stroke, all she wanted was an orange popsicle! Once she reached rehab, her case worker said, “When you pass your swallow test we will get you a whole box of orange popsicles.” We use the orange popsicle as a goofy way to talk about something serious.
“When you pass your swallow test we will get you a whole box of orange popsicles.”
We consider a young stroke survivor to have had their stroke under the age of 45 because, most statistics show that 45 is considered young for having a stroke. 20-to-64-year-olds make up 31 percent of all strokes.
Are you under 45 and a stroke survivor?
We have young stroke survivors who have shared their stories from coast to coast. We encourage survivors to meet together and discuss life with people who actually know what they’re going through. Our goal is to have a young stroke survivor from every state in America share their story with our community.
We first started NOPW to celebrate a life after stroke. Many of our friends lived out of town, so them sending a picture with an orange popsicle was an easy way for them to show support. Since then NOPW has grown to be a national community of young stroke survivors. We have two large events to raise awareness of stroke in young people every year (The Fountain & The Auto Show).
Are you a young stroke survivor?
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To build and support a community of young stroke survivors by raising awareness and providing support to those contributing to ongoing research, and the rehabilitation, of stroke in young people.
To reverse the assumption that stroke only affects the elderly and to build flourishing community of support groups of young stroke survivors.