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Pamela C.

Pamela C.
Pamela C.


I suffered a stroke on September 17, 2005. I had no known risk factors when I suffered the stroke. With the knowledge I gained after the stroke, I realized I had suffered a TIA. However, I had no knowledge to the warning signs of a stroke. So once making it past the ten minutes of the horrific stroke warning signs, I shook it-off as, "wow that was weird." I did not go to the doctor, I did not tell anyone.

However I made a promise to myself, "if this ever happens again, I'm going to the doctor."

Two months later, I suffered the big one and today I am disabled because of my lack of knowledge of stroke and its warning signs. I am not able to use my left arm or hand and it is very difficult for me to walk. I work hard every day to get my life back. I was 48 years old when I suffered the stroke. I am now a 53-year-old stroke survivor. I am happy and excited to say that on September 17, 2010, I reached my five year stroke anniversary. There are studies that show if a stroke survivor makes it past the five year mark without suffering another stroke, then their chances go down for having other strokes. I am a volunteer with the American Heart Association as an Ambassador for "The Power to End Stroke."


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