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How old were you when you had your stroke? 43

  • Date of your stroke? 10/28/2014
  • What general area do you live in? Milpitas¬†, CA
  • Type of Stroke? Hemmorhagic
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? The Doctors think it was high blood pressure, but I could not really get a good answer from them.
  • What were your symptoms? I had a horrible headache on Monday, I thought it was one of my migraines. I slept most of the day Tuesday (Oct.28) then made dinner. A few hours after dinner, I felt like someone hit me in the back of the head. I fell on my way to the bathroom to throw up. My 16 year old son called 911. (There is a whole lot more to this story and I will be willing to share more).
  • 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?
    Kaiser Permanente in Vallejo, CA
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab?
    Kaiser Santa Clara

W hat are your biggest challenges/residual effects? I have extremely high tone on my left leg and arm. I have balance issues. My left foot suffers from bad neuropathy. I can walk without assistance, but I am not able to run since thatbus when the spasticity kicks in. I miss running so much. It is difficult for me to use my left hand and arm, but it is slowly improving. I have some cognitive deficits, including short term memory issues, and slow processing. I get angry very easily.

How did you hear about NOPW?

Instagram! Follow me HERE.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I do not take myself seriously. I carry a packet of Tabasco sauce on my bag because I love French fries dipped in catsup mixed with hot sauce.

Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself. Do not be discouraged by slow progress, it is still progress

W hat is something you have learned that might encourage others? Find a strong group of people who will support, encourage and motivate you. Keep trying. Our brains maybe broken, but it is not gone. We can re wire our brain to do what we need to do, but it takes time and patience. Repetition is the key to success.

What keeps you going now?

I have two teen boys. I want to see them grow up and be in their own. I want to show them that they can overcome challenges if they just try. I also want to start running again. I want to run a marathon in the near future.

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

Be kind to yourself. Be patient with yourself. Do not be discouraged by slow progress, it is still progress.

What’s your favorite motivation song?

Rachel Platten – Fight Song

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