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Alison | 31 | MO

By | 30's, Female | No Comments

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.

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Lori | 31 | KS

By | 30's, Female | No Comments

My fiancé and I were at home and as I was reading something to him I had an instant headache, stiff neck and was dizzy and nauseated. I tried to lay down but I couldn’t get comfortable.

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Aimeeleigh | 32 | CA

By | 30's, Female | No Comments

Accept help. Accept your new frailty. Give yourself a flipping break. Stroke survival is not easy and recovering from a stroke can be a multi-layered nightmare. One thing at a time. Knowing your weakness makes you strong. Launch a 100% full attack on depression. It’s real, it’s strong, and it’s normal. Everything will fall back into place. Give time, time. Life may never be the same, and that’s ok. Pray hard. Laugh hard. Reach out to others. You are not alone.

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Bryan | 30 | CA

By | 30's, Male | No Comments

How old were you when you had your stroke? 30

  • Date of your stroke?  11/9/2015
  • What general area do you live in?  San Diego, CA
  • Type of Stroke? Carotid Artery Dissection
  • What were your symptoms? What were you feeling during your stroke? I had a small stroke and a much larger stroke the next day. Symptoms of the first one were inability to speak and inability to move my right side. I was in the hospital for the second stroke. I collapsed and was completely unresponsive.
  • 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? I didn’t do in patient rehab.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Sharp Memorial Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation, San Diego, CA. I live in San Diego and my stroke team is from UCSD. I was in the Stroke Center when I had my big stroke. They were fantastic and there is no question that I would not be where I am now if not for their skill and expertise.

What keeps you motivated now?Football. Before my stroke, I was a semi pro football player. I lost a lot of strength after my stroke. I knew I wanted to play football again. I first started playing catch with a tennis ball with my dad. Then I started running around cones to try to get my coordination back. I added weights, running, swimming. A few weeks ago, my neurosurgeon took me off blood thinners and gave me his blessing to go back to football. I am the starting punter for the San Diego Thunder. Our first game is in 3 weeks. I’m pretty anxious about how I will do, but football had kept me going and it’s something I need to prove to myself.

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

Aphasia. My mom is writing this for me. Reading, writing and speaking are still difficult, but I am slowly getting better. My right hand is still numb and I have difficulty with fine motor skills, like clipping my nails. Everything is harder when I am tired.

What is something you have learned that might encourage others?

I have learned to enjoy life and never take it for granted.

I have learned to enjoy life and never take it for granted.

Bryan

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I have a orange tabby named Frankie. She has been a big part of my recovery.

How did you hear about NOPW?

Instagram #youngstrokesurvivor (@nopw_)

Krystal | 31 | OR

By | 30's, Female | 2 Comments

How old were you when you had your stroke? 31

  • Date of your stroke? 2/29/2016
  • What general area do you live in? Sweet Home, OR
  • Type of Stroke? Ischemic
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? Pregnancy related 8 weeks at time of stroke.
  • What were your symptoms? Balance issues having hard time driving on my side road.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? No
  • Where did you go for in-patient rehab? Eugene, Oregon
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Hospital in my area. Been at rehab for two months progressing slowly still walking with cane and AFO part of time. Arm function still not too functional to do daily tasks but able to work with weights to gain movement and muscle back into arm. I plan on doing a clinical study at OHSU next year which will focus mainly on arm function that’s been lost to regain it back. Wish me luck. 

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects? Due to pregnancy recovery has been up and down currently resting at home till our twins arrive September then will start rehab again. Left side weakness I can walk with leg brace and cane, arm has slight movement

What is something you have learned that might encourage others?

Everyday a struggle being pregnant with twins lots HORMONES running through my body, my husband encourages me and our faith in God to get us through this.

What keeps you going now?

My babies I’m not able to do much now but in a few months I’ll be hitting up rehab hard for our girls they need strong and healthy mom.

Never give up no matter what! Trust in yourself and God.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I’m known as a air head kind girl ditzy. Lol

What is your Instagram handle so others can follow you?

@k_kauffman4

How did you hear about NOPW?

On Instagram! 

What is your favorite motivational song?

Meggan | 33 | CA

By | 30's, Female | No Comments

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.

Follow Meggan on instagram HERE!

What is your motivation song? 

Lainee | 30 | UT

By | 30's, Female | One Comment

How old were you when you had your stroke? 30

  • Date of your stroke? 03/11/2017 
  • What general area do you live in?  St. George, Utah
  • Type of Stroke? Ischemic Stroke
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? Caused by a condition called Primary Hyperaldosteronism or Conns Syndrome.
  • What were your symptoms? We were getting ready for bed and mid sentence I couldn’t speak. My husband was confused until he noticed my arm wasn’t moving. He pinched it and it was completely numb. My left face was dropping and my blood pressure had spiked to 215/151.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? No.
  • Where did you go for inpatient rehab? My insurance denied in-patient rehab stating they didn’t see any reason.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Dixie Regional Neuro Therapy
  • What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?I’ve spent a month learning completely how to walk again. I’m left handed and the stroke happened on my left side, so I’ve had to learn to use my right side more.

What keeps you motivated now?

Life! I can’t wait to hit the trails again and explore this world. I want to experience everything with my family and that’s why I fight to walk and gain use of my hand!

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

You know, I really struggled with acceptance. I thought I would wake up better each kind of like th flu… but that’s not how the brain works. I had to accept this new life and really let myself feel all the emotions. It’s a rollercoaster of feeling so strong, to feeling so helpless. Support is everything, let people in and just fight for every single step!

Patience.... be so very patient! These things take time.

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

Patience…. be so very patient! These things take time.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I love jump-roping!

Any therapy tips you picked up during your time in therapy that might help others? 

The more you do at home the more progress you will make. Focus on making each movement count and that it’s correct. Fight like hell to make that connection.

How did you hear about NOPW?

From Instagram! Thank you for letting me know about this community!

Follow Lainee on instagram HERE!

Ashley | 30 | MO

By | 30's, Female | No Comments

Ashley was 30 years old when she had her stroke. She had an Ischemic at the back and base of the brain and was administered TPA. Residual effect include: right handed weakness and migraines. Read more..

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