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How old were you when you had your stroke? 36

  • Date of your stroke?  02/23/2017
  • What general area do you live in?   Cranston, Rhode Island
  • Type of Stroke?  Pontine Hemorrhage
  • Any known reasons for your stroke?  Undiagnosed Hypertension.
  • What were your symptoms? What were you feeling during your stroke? On the evening of February 23,2017, I had a pontine hemorrhage. The survival rates are very low, but I did survive! The stroke affected my left side including my arm & leg and left me with dysarthria and double vision which has definitely been my biggest challenge in recovery. 18months later I am walking with a cane and my vision/voice are steadily improving. My prognosis is excellent. I know I still have a ways to go to achieve my goal of becoming 100% the person I was before the stroke. This journey has been taxing both emotionally and physically. It requires a lot of hard work in therapy but I focus on my future. “The comeback is always stronger than the setback” they say. I am living proof of that.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? No.
  • Where did you go for inpatient rehab? Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Sandwich, MA (Cape Cod).
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? I am still going for outpatient physical and occupational therapy at Rhode Island Hospital outpatient rehabilitation services in Providence, RI
Any therapy tips you picked up during your time in therapy that might help others?

Be optimistic for your future. Perseverance will get you where you need to be. Gains may not be in the confounds of time we want. Nevertheless, be persistent with repetition and time = recovery.

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

Double vision has definitely been my biggest challenge by far. I bleed heavily into my cerebellum so balance has been a major thing I have needed to work on. The double vision has really proved an obstacle in trying to gain equilibrium.

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

That what you are going through requires super human strength. Also, I don’t think it’s necessarily possible to find the “blessings” or silver lining in the whole ordeal while you are still fighting the battle of recovery.

What keeps you motivated now?

The future. What it will look like for me

Be optimistic for your future. Perseverance will get you where you need to be. Gains may not be in the confounds of time we want. Nevertheless, be persistent with repetition and time = recovery.

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

I hate when people tell me to be patient. It’s really been a hot button for me. I think because my life changed completely ina matter of a few minutes. Time really is recovery, though. Patience to allow yourself to heal is required.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself? 

I am a stickler for even-ness. For example, if I touch my left arm I have to touch my right arm in the same spot.

What’s your Instagram handle? Other young stroke survivors could follow you!

@elianatasca

How did you find out about NOPW?

Instgram

What’s your favorite motivation song? 

This Girl Is On Fire by Alicia Keys

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