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How old were you when you had your stroke? 25

  • Date of your stroke? 1/26/2016
  • What general area do you live in? Blue Springs, MO
  • Type of Stroke? Basilar Artery Stroke
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? The doctors could not find a reason. All of the test came back negative.
  • What were your symptoms? I first felt dizzy and then began throwing up. I slowly became paralyzed on my right side.
  • 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? I went to the University of Kansas Hospital
  • Where did/do you go for outpatient rehab? I went to the Rehabilitation Institute of Kansas City

W hat advice would you give someone recovering from a stroke now? Never give up. Some days will be harder than others, but you have to keep moving.

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

Work your hardest every day, even on weekends. Try using the affected side as much as possible for every day activities.

What is something you have learned that might encourage others?

No matter what life throws at you, you find strength and keep going.

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects?

No residual effects. I had to work on running a lot when I was at rehab, but I can do it now!

W hat keeps you motivated now? I hung all of the cards and posters I received from classmates, friends, and family to remind me how many people are rooting for me.

No matter what life throws at you, you find strength and keep going.

What is something quirky/fun about yourself?

In the summertime I like to wakeboard. I haven’t tried wakeboarding after my stroke yet, but I hope to do it soon. I am currently a medical student and I am now back to school!

What’s your Instagram handle?

@sydthekydpriest

Any articles about your stroke?

Article from ATSU.ORG: Sydney Strong

How did you find out about NOPW?

A lot of therapists in rehab told me about the organization. My mom and I ordered bumper stickers off the website and was contacted by Amy and Jonny.

What’s your favorite motivation song?

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