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How old were you when you had your stroke? 31

  • Date of your stroke? 09/29/2016
  • What general area do you live in?  Overland Park, Kansas
  • Type of Stroke? Subarachnoid hemorrhage, ruptured brain aneurysm
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? No.
  • What were your symptoms? What were you feeling during your stroke? Tell us the story of what happened. 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. After I thought I was going to be sick twice, I finally got up and said to him “I can’t get sick, I’ll rupture an aneurysm.” However I didn’t really even know what that was. He was researching online and I actually did get sick. When I came back to the room he immediately took me to the ER. (about 2 hours after it first occurred)
  • 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? Didn’t have to have this.
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab?I did physical therapy at Blue Valley Sports Care.
What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

Neuro fatigue has been the biggest challenge.

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

Be patient and don’t over do too early.

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

Be patient and make sure you get plenty of rest.

What keeps you motivated now?

Celebrating each new day that God has given me and spreading awareness to help others.

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

You’re never alone. There are many support groups of people that have been through similar things that you can talk to. This helped me a lot to be able to ask questions and learn more about brain aneurysms and strokes.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself? 

I love to sing. My fiance and I play softball and beach volleyball. I’m very lucky to be able to still do these activities. We love the KC Royals and KC Chiefs!!

Be patient and make sure you get plenty of rest.

What’s your favorite motivational song?

When they were taking me down for the craniotomy I was singing “Lord I Need You” in my head, over and over.

What’s your Instagram handle? You don’t have to share, but other young stroke survivors could follow you!

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