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How old were you when you had your stroke? 41

  • Date of your stroke? 4/24/2016
  • What general area do you live in? Blue Ridge, TX
  • Type of Stroke? Hemorrhagic
  • Any known reasons for your stroke? None. Now they think I have a clotting disorder.
  • What were your symptoms? My vision disappeared. My left hand went numb, and my face got droopy. My son and sister said my words were very slurred.
  • Were you administered TPA (Tissue Plasminogen Activator) within the first 3-5 hours of your stroke? I don’t know what that is
  • Where did you go for in-patient rehab? Reba McEntire Rehabilitation Unit
  • Where did you go for outpatient rehab? Texoma Medical Center

What are your biggest challenges/residual effects? Vision changes. I still have a lot of cognitive problems. Learning to use my left hand again is very difficult. I have difficulty focusing on more than one task at a time. I have a problem with my bowel habits. I can walk pretty well, and use a cane for balance. I do have left foot drop.  I struggle with looking okay for the most part, with a lot of damage to my thought processes, handwriting, calculating. I don’t show emotion anymore.

What was something that kept you going during your stay in the hospital that might encourage others?

Never give up. When you have done all you can, you can still push a little more! Be positive.

What keeps you going now?

My family, my students, and work. I love teaching.

Never give up. When you have done all you can, you can still push a little more! Be positive.

  • What advice would you give someone recovering from a stroke now? Keep your head up. Literally and figuratively.
  • What is something quirky/fun about yourself? I always wear crazy socks!  I always have candy on me. I am love the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
  • How did you hear about NOPW? Instagram (@nopw_)

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