Stroke Survivor
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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!

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