How old were you when you had your stroke? 27
- Date of your stroke? 08/26/2013
- What general area do you live in? Nashville, TN
- Type of Stroke? Right hemisphere ischemic stroke
- Any known reasons for your stroke? Birth control and a PFO hole in my heart.
- What were your symptoms? Left side paralysis, face drop, slurred speech, confusion.
- Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? Yes
W hat are your biggest challenges/residual effects? The residuals were degenerative. The strike was on a Monday and I was out of the hospital that Thursday. Over the next year mobility in my left arm and hand decreased and spasticity of my hand increased. My left foot turned inward and on its side and my toes became spastic. I had tendons transferred in my foot to realign it, but it made the dystonia worse. Botox showed no effects on improvement. I had my left foot amputated ~2.5 years later.
How did you hear about NOPW?
They were kind enough to reach out and provide a community of people in similar situations. Follow me HERE.
Trust yourself to succeed and recover and you will make it farther than if you don't try.
W hat was something that kept you going during your stay in the hospital that might encourage others? Adversity comes in all forms. Sometimes you have an amazing support system to help you through and sometimes you don’t. I had no support through the manifestation of my stroke’s residuals and ill-guided advice for correction. I found my strength and made the decision to trust my own instincts instead of the doctors and have the amputation. I haven’t looked back since and searched out and found an amazing support group to help me along the way.
What keeps you going now?
Knowing that after 3 years life has finally regained a forward momentum.
What advice would you give someone recovering from a stroke now?
Trust yourself to succeed and recover and you will make it farther than if you don’t try. The mind is a powerful thing and might seem like it’s taking away when it is, in fact, giving you an opportunity to find your strength and start anew.
What is your favorite motivational song?
“Oh No” by Goodbye June