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Megan | 25 | TN

By | 20's, Female | No Comments

It was my first day of my job at a country club golf course. I was doing great and enjoying myself. The girl that was training me said it was time to call it a day after I just drove my first golf cart. We went into our bosses office. He just got done appraising me telling me what a good job I did. We were all standing. I had my Gatorade bottle in my hand and I had just finished a drink. The Gatorade was in my left hand.I tried to put the lid back on and the bottle slips out of my hand and it falls and It hits the ground splashing all over the place, I immediately try to pick it up and apologize as I was cleaning all day. I was told it was okay and I hear my boss say to my coworker for her to sit me down.

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Alexa | 18 | KS

By | Teens, Female | No Comments

It was my first day of my job at a country club golf course. I was doing great and enjoying myself. The girl that was training me said it was time to call it a day after I just drove my first golf cart. We went into our bosses office. He just got done appraising me telling me what a good job I did. We were all standing. I had my Gatorade bottle in my hand and I had just finished a drink. The Gatorade was in my left hand.I tried to put the lid back on and the bottle slips out of my hand and it falls and It hits the ground splashing all over the place, I immediately try to pick it up and apologize as I was cleaning all day. I was told it was okay and I hear my boss say to my coworker for her to sit me down.

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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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Bela | 13 | NC

By | Teens, Female | No Comments

I just knew I could not give up…I had been in a coma for months…I was scared not to try…My mother and father and sister were there for me….my faith was what I had. I have now graduated from high school…learning to drive….I am very lonely…we live on an island and I was so active and involved in everything.

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Molly | 16 | OK

By | Teens, Female | No Comments

Biggest problem? SPEAKING! I have severe aphasia and apraxia. The communication center of my brain was affected by my stroke. So, speaking, reading & writing are very difficult. It does not effect intelligence but people don’t understand that. Most people treat me differently since my stroke and that is very frustrating. I have lost my independence. I can’t drive and that makes me sad. I am walking with the help of a brace and my right hand isn’t working the way I want it to but most of all I miss talking with my friends and family!

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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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Kirstin | 24 | IN

By | 20's, Female | No Comments

How old were you when you had your stroke? 24

  • Date of your stroke? 11/04/2015
  • What general area do you live in? Winona Lake, IN
  • Type of Stroke? Ischemic
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? Chiropractic adjustment to my neck which resulting in a dissected vertebral artery.
  • What were your symptoms? Extreme numbness and tingling on my left side. Falling to my right. Nausea and throwing up. Double vision. Trouble swallowing. Neck pain.
  • 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?
    The hospital I was admitted to.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab?
    In-home care

W hat are your biggest challenges/residual effects? Being restricted from usual activity, i.e. exercise and driving. Gaining back my balance.

How did you hear about NOPW?

Instagram (@nopw_)

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I am a nanny for 4 sweet babies. Two sets of twins. Thank goodness when the stroke happened it was nap time for all of them!

Don't be afraid to ask for help or feel like a burden to those close to you. They're there because they love you and want you to be with them a lot longer!

W hat was something that kept you going during your stay in the hospital that might encourage others? Don’t give up. I could have laid in bed and cried and thought I had no hope for recovery, but that’s the easy way out. Fight for your health! Fight for yourself!

What keeps you going now?

The drive to have a healthy fulfilled life. I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel on Nov. 4 and I’m not ready now! So I keep pushing to be a healthy and happy me!

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

To not give up and to look for support in the ones around you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or feel like a burden to those close to you. They’re there because they love you and want you to be with them a lot longer!