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How old were you when you had your stroke? 29

  • Date of your stroke? 07/03/2016
  • What general area do you live in?  Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
  • Type of Stroke? Ischemic Stroke
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? No, not yet!
  • What were your symptoms? I was at work and began to feel very distant and disoriented, It took me fifteen minutes to tie an apron around my waist which so lasted realized after being educated was probably because of weakness in my arm.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? Yes
  • Where did you go for inpatient rehab? Wellspan Surgery and rehabilitation hospital
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Wellspan Adams Health Center
  • What are your biggest challenges/residual effects? I’ve lost mobility in my left side, I’ve begun to see improvements in my leg my but my arm is still very much paralyzed. I no longer have any inflection in my voice.

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

Recovery is a marathon not a sprint! Our body’s have been through something very traumatic. It will be a slow recovery but it’s doable.

What keeps you motivated now?

My family and the hope of having the life I’ve always planned for myself! I won’t let this stroke stop my life at 29.

Celebrate the tiny improvements they make up the big gains!

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

Celebrate the tiny improvements they make up the big gains!

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

I’m a quirky/fun person in general! I went to culinary school. Cooking is my passion and my favorite hobby!

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

Just keep pushing, if you keep your mindset strong the body will follow.

How did you hear about NOPW?

From Instagram! 

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