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How old were you when you had your stroke? 15

  • Date of your stroke? 03/24/2008
  • What general area do you live in? Kansas City, MO
  • Type of Stroke? I had a vertebral artery dissection
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? Nope, maybe was just born with a small artery.
  • What were your symptoms? I had numbness on one side of my body, a headache, vertigo and one side of my face was drooping. I was very dizzy and the room started to spin and then I started to get sick and then I had memory loss until the next morning.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? No

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

Talk to others who have had strokes and know what your going through. I had my stroke before Amy had hers and started this group so I really knew no one who had experienced what I did as a young person. I told my parents that I wasn’t depressed but I really was. I was frustrated that this happened to me for no reason and changed my life forever. With time and medication I have finally come to terms with it and see it in a different light.

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

After a few months I finally got the feeling back in my face along with my taste. I had severe headaches for the first few years following my stroke but after the nerves grew back and I found the proper medication they became tolerable.

Talk to others who have had strokes and know what your going through.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I have lived in Kansas City my whole life and love the Royals, Chiefs, Sporting KC and KU basketball.

What’s your Instagram handle?

@darlingleahh

How did you hear about NOPW?

Amy was in the Buck O’Neil seat at a Royals game that I was watching on tv.

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