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Chase | 24 | TN

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How old were you when you had your stroke? 24

  • Date of your stroke? 7/11/2016
  • What general area do you live in? Murfreesboro, TN
  • Type of Stroke? Ischemic
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? No known reason too be found. I had blood clots for some reason and doctors said I had 2 heart attacks and was never aware of it. I was very active and loved too workout was a personal trainer.
  • What were your symptoms? Calf pain. Dizziness/nausea.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? No
  • Where did you go for in-patient rehab?  Southern Hills Medical Facility.
  • Where did you go for out-patient rehab?  Phi Beta Phi at Vanderbilt.

What is something you have learned that might encourage others?

Just have to take it one day at a time.

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

 Left side weakness. Mostly left arm and hand. Cannot open hand very well but can grip though.

What advice would you give someone recovering from a stroke now?

Don’t give up we are still alive for a reason.

Don’t give up we are still alive for a reason.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I am very sarcastic and animated.

What keeps you going now?

 The desire too get back better then I was before the stroke.

How did you hear about NOPW?

Instagram Follow me HERE.

What’s your favorite motivational song?

Walking Like Giants by stars go dim

Bryan | 30 | CA

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How old were you when you had your stroke? 30

  • Date of your stroke?  11/9/2015
  • What general area do you live in?  San Diego, CA
  • Type of Stroke? Carotid Artery Dissection
  • What were your symptoms? What were you feeling during your stroke? I had a small stroke and a much larger stroke the next day. Symptoms of the first one were inability to speak and inability to move my right side. I was in the hospital for the second stroke. I collapsed and was completely unresponsive.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? Yes
  • Where did you go for in-patient rehab? I didn’t do in patient rehab.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Sharp Memorial Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, San Diego, CA. I live in San Diego and my stroke team is from UCSD. I was in the Stroke Center when I had my big stroke. They were fantastic and there is no question that I would not be where I am now if not for their skill and expertise.

What keeps you motivated now?Football. Before my stroke, I was a semi pro football player. I lost a lot of strength after my stroke. I knew I wanted to play football again. I first started playing catch with a tennis ball with my dad. Then I started running around cones to try to get my coordination back. I added weights, running, swimming. A few weeks ago, my neurosurgeon took me off blood thinners and gave me his blessing to go back to football. I am the starting punter for the San Diego Thunder. Our first game is in 3 weeks. I’m pretty anxious about how I will do, but football had kept me going and it’s something I need to prove to myself.

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

Aphasia. My mom is writing this for me. Reading, writing and speaking are still difficult, but I am slowly getting better. My right hand is still numb and I have difficulty with fine motor skills, like clipping my nails. Everything is harder when I am tired.

What is something you have learned that might encourage others?

I have learned to enjoy life and never take it for granted.

I have learned to enjoy life and never take it for granted.

Bryan

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I have a orange tabby named Frankie. She has been a big part of my recovery.

How did you hear about NOPW?

Instagram #youngstrokesurvivor (@nopw_)

Matt | 28 | CA

By | Stroke Story, Male, 20's | No Comments

How old were you when you had your stroke? 28

  • Date of your stroke? 12/02/2008
  • What general area do you live in? Sacramento, CA
  • Type of Stroke? Accidental
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? During my second brain surgery for a tumor (epidermoid-very uncommon about 1.5% of all brain tumors) the surgeon accidentally cut a blood vessel.
  • Where did you go for in-patient rehab? Vallejo Kaiser Rehab Facility, California
  • Where did you go for out-patient rehab? South Sacramento Kaiser, California

W hat are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

I’m still struggling with left sided hemiparesis. I cannot run (unless I have to and it’s ugly). Hard for me to button my right sleeve on a dress shirt.

W hat was something that kept you going during your stay in the hospital that might encourage others?

Knowing that God lives. Support from my wife, family and friends. Help and encouragement from therapists (physical, occupational, speech)

You can make it through this. You are not alone.

W hat keeps you going now?

Being able to look back and remind myself of how far I have come. After the stroke I was on a feeding tube for two weeks, in a wheel chair for 4 months, etc… I get encouraged every time I do something new that I have not done before. I feed off friends and family when they tell me how inspirational I am in their lives.

What advice would you give someone recovering from a stroke now?

Never tell yourself your not going to be able to do something. The doctors will tell you that most of your recovery will be in the first two years, for me I see major improvements 5 years later.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I am an avid bike rider.