Hoffman Audi is proud to present the American Heart Association‘s Hoffman Go Red Gallery. May is American Stroke Month. Learn the signs of stroke below.
Kim learned the signs of stroke when her children participated in Jump Rope For Heart. So when she couldn’t speak or use her right hand, she knew she needed help right away. Kim called 911 immediately and today she runs Marathons. Here is Kim’s story.
May 26, 2015, I woke up like any other day. I was 3 months out from running the marathon in Pennsylvania to qualify for The Boston Marathon 2016. My children had been participating in Jump Rope for Heart for 6 years as a school fundraiser. About 30 minutes after waking up, I felt numbness in my hand and face. I also experienced dizziness unlike what I had felt before. Within minutes my right leg was heavy and I couldn’t lift it. I could not grasp my water bottle with my right hand and I had difficulty speaking. Recognizing the signs of stroke from my kids during Jump Rope for heart, I called 911 immediately! I was hospitalized for one week and an MRI confirmed that I had suffered a stroke.
The American Heart Association saved my life. I want to spread the word of the importance of awareness. My story could be very different if I hadn’t known the symptoms and sought help immediately! Stroke does not discriminate. Anyone at any time can be affected by stroke. Know the signs. I am honored to be part of Tedys Team Boston Marathon 2016. I cannot wait to raise money in hopes of ending heart disease and stroke.
Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the U.S., but 80% of strokes are preventable and stroke is largely treatable. Knowing your risk factors, the warning signs and how to respond during a stroke could save a life. Together, let’s end stroke!