I had a stroke on June 20, 2013 at the age of 36. I was in the shower when all the sudden I felt a jolt of pain shoot down the left side of my body leaving me with the feeling that I could not move my left arm or left leg. I was terrified because I knew something was wrong and I did not understand what was happening to me. I was later admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with having had a stroke. The morning of my stroke was like any other normal day, except, I vividly remember having this thought: “what if I suffered a major illness or accident, would I survive? Would I be able to handle something like that?” I remember thinking to myself, no, I don’t think I would be able to. Then, just hours later, I was in a hospital bed unable to control the movement in my left leg. Amid facing and adjusting to my new unwelcomed reality, I learned a lot about myself, and the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.Read More
All over national news this past week is the sad news that the talented Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds passed away from cardiac arrest and stroke.
The loses of two admired and adored public figures has helped shed more light on the number one killer of women, heart disease, and stroke, a leading cause of disability in women. What also has been highlighted, is that the fact that heart disease and stroke not only impact the very old, but women of all ages. My stroke occurred when I was 36, at an age I never thought I was at risk.Read More