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How old were you when you had your stroke? 31

  • Date of your stroke?  03/12/2012
  • What general area do you live in?   Springfield, MO
  • Type of Stroke?  Basilar artery/Brain stem stroke (clot)
  • Any known reasons for your stroke?  AVM
  • What were your symptoms? What were you feeling during your stroke? Nausea and vomiting. Numb tongue. Vision was blurred. It was discovered afterwards that I had three holes in my heart – which allowed the clot to pass through to my brain. The origin of the clot is still unknown.
  • 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 inpatient rehab?  Madonna Rehab Hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Ability KC (Then Rehab Institute of Kansas City)
What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

I can’t walk. I can’t talk. I am also unable to eat, and that’s a problem.

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

I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 

What keeps you motivated now?

 God, friends and family.

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself? 

I blog using my thumb and pinky. www.hopeforalison.org

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