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Stroke: Real Stories


Real stories are personal stories shared by members of the DIYHealth community. These are stories of hope and triumph over a medical condition, inspiring us to stay the course.

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1. Confidence regained

I knew I had had a bit too much wine and was feeling more than drowsy as I went to bed. I fell asleep immediately, but when I got up the next morning I felt odd. It wasn’t a hangover feeling but I just couldn’t lift myself up from the bed. I tried a bit harder and fell off the bed. My husband heard my fall and came to pick me up. I couldn’t move my arms and legs at all. My husband called 911 and an ambulance arrived to take to me to the hospital. A CAT scan showed a clot on the right side of my brain and the doctor confirmed the stroke. It’s been five years now since the stroke and although I can move my arms and legs some parts of my left arm, especially fingers, become numb sometimes. I have overcome my lack of self esteem and confidence and lead a happy life.

2. Born with a stroke

My daughter had given birth to a beautiful baby boy and I couldn’t stop looking at him. I was holding him in my arms when I noticed that his arms and legs were quivering. I brought this to the attention of the nurse who quickly whisked him away from me. My grandson had suffered a stroke. He was less than a day old and I was horrified to hear this news. The doctors too were uncertain about his future. However, we decided to remain positive and hopeful. My grandson is now 10 years old and is as healthy and normal as any child his age would be. He is doing all the things which 10 years ago doctors said he wouldn’t be able to do.

3. I faced it all at a young age

I had always wanted to be a dancer and was getting ready for my first public performance at 21 years of age. It was the last rehearsal before the actual performance and just as I walked on to the stage I started stumbling. I just couldn’t walk and was having a tough time even standing on my feet. The left side of my body felt numb and I couldn’t move my limbs. My choreographer panicked on seeing me in such a state and took me to a hospital immediately. I had never thought that I would ever have a stroke at such a young age. However, I did not give up and underwent all the treatment. Today, I am back to dancing and have performed at many shows all over the world.

4. A new beginning

I was the captain of my soccer team in college and it was during one of our team runs that I suffered a stroke. It affected the entire right side of my body. Thankfully, I was rushed to a nearby hospital and the damage to others parts of my body was prevented. The stroke had affected some of my motor skills, my coordination and sense of balance. I underwent rehabilitation to learn to write, walk and run again. I had always been very active and healthy and did not know of any warning signs to look out for. I thought only older people were affected by stroke but now I know better. I am back to playing soccer now and also work towards spreading awareness about stroke.

5. Following a healthy lifestyle is the magic trick

I was getting out of my car when I felt my legs turn to jelly. I fell down and was helped by my coworkers to a sitting position. They carried me inside the office and gave me a cup of tea, but I couldn’t figure out where the handle was and wasn’t able to grasp it even when they tried to help. I asked to be taken to a hospital immediately as I had a very bad feeling about all this. By the time I reached the hospital, I could barely move any of my body parts. My fears were confirmed when the doctor announced that I had suffered a stroke. I spent the next half year undergoing various treatments and physiotherapy. It’s been 10 years now since the incident, and though I had to give up full time work, I am thankful to be alive and lead a normal life and make it a point to stay healthy and active.

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