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How old were you when you had your stroke? 33

  • Date of your stroke? 12/07/2016
  • What general area do you live in?  Sherman oaks, California
  • Type of Stroke? TIA 12/7/16 & Embolic stroke on 3/16/17
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? Chiropractic manipulation- Vertebral artery dissection causing a TIA. Embolic stroke during surgery (angiogram/ cerebral embolization)
  • What were your symptoms? I started having severe neck pain in the middle of the day Sunday that got progressively worse each day. On Wednesday I bent over & when I stood up I had double vision. My co-worker walked in & her face looked like it was melting. I lost my peripheral vision, was slurring words & although my brain was fully aware I couldn’t properly express myself. I also had electrical shocks down my left arm & hands.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? Don’t know what that is.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? UCLA
  • What are your biggest challenges/residual effects? Headaches, dizziness, loss of dexterity, unable to work right now (I’m a dental hygienist), anxiety that it will happen again.

What keeps you going now?

My family, my two dogs. Hearing that I’ve been so strong through this (I don’t always feel that way inside but it motivates me to hear this). Also, that maybe I could help bring awareness to strokes… I’ve heard from two other people that they were diagnosed with a “migraine” and sent home and then had a massive stroke.

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

You can never ask too many questions, find a good support system (message or call me!), take time to heal & take naps. Make yourself your first priority- people will understand.

You can never ask too many questions, find a good support system (message or call me!), take time to heal & take naps. Make yourself your first priority- people will understand.

Post recovery, what is something you have learned that might encourage others? 

Be your own advocate. When I was in the hospital the first time, with the symptoms, the doctors said I was having a migraine. It just didn’t feel right. I could’ve been released but I opted to stay overnight in order to get a MRI in the hospital. I’m so glad I did! Doctors said had I gone home, I probably would’ve had a massive stroke.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I’m obsessed with my two dogs & I love pigs! My dream is to own an animal sanctuary with rescued pigs, cows, turkeys, goats, etc. I love crossfit & paddle boarding (although I can’t exercise just yet, I hope to get back at it soon)!

How did you hear about NOPW?

I was searching key words such as stroke, Tia, vertebral artery dissection.

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