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Erica T.


Erica's story of why she had a stroke

Erica had a full life that came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. Needless to say, her life was changed dramatically. She went from  running as fast as she could on the treadmill of life to scooting along at a snail's pace.

On the momentous day of June 10, 2011, at 6:30 am, Erica was standing in her living room, getting ready to walk out the door to go to work. Instead, she collapsed onto the floor and couldn't get up. No warning, no signs, no symptoms...just a single belly flop onto the floor. Her son who lived with her called the ambulance, which came in a matter of minutes, knowing how critical it was to get a stroke victim to the hospital as quickly as possible. The ambulance whisked her away to the hospital where she stayed for a week while they ran a gamut of tests to find out what had caused the stroke. They found out that she had a hole in her heart, which allowed a blood clot to pass through and land in her brain, causing her to have an ischemic stroke. The ER doctor said that her stroke was profound, but Erica was fortunate in that she received the tPA (tissue plasminogen activator), a medicine that, if administered 3 4.5 hours after a stroke, minimizes the affect of the condition. They call it the "clot blaster," and it reduced the devastating situation substantially for Erica. Instead of having serious speech, cognitive, vision and motor problems of a stroke that affected the basal ganglia, she only became hemiplegic with her right side paralyzed with very slight speech, cognitive and vision disturbances.

Now that was the physical reason for Erica having a stroke, but there is a very strong spiritual component to her story. You see, she was seemingly in great condition. She was slender, she worked out at least three times a week and she had none of the risk factors that would lead up to stroke. So why did it happen? During the course of her recovery, the vision of the truth behind her "dis-ease" became clear. It was karmic! To explain this, it's necessary to discuss the concept of the masculine versus the feminine principles. Every human being has both masculine and feminine aspects within their psyche, with an associated physical element, the right side of the body being masculine, the left side being feminine. Erica had always operated out of her masculine side, being aggressive, ambitious, controlling, and ego-based, while suppressing her more heart-centric feminine side. To achieve the inner balance, which she strived for, the masculine had to be stopped. Thus, she had a stroke. It was as if God, Spirit, our co-creator, the Universe, or however you define the higher power was helping her find the equilibrium between the masculine and feminine principles, the balance makes a person whole and living from her true essence. With her masculine side being put "out of commission," so to speak, she could place more value on her feminine side so that she could realize that inner stasis, the harmony between the Yin and the Yang.

As she did this on a psychological level, on a physical level, her feminine side, as it became alive, took over and helped to bring her masculine side back to life. You've heard the saying "behind every good man, there's a good woman," and vice versa? Isn't that just another way of saying the Yin and Yang are balanced?

So this was Erica's truth about why she had a stroke, finding that inner balance between the masculine and feminine so she could live from her center of being, from her true essence.

As she recovers, she is writing a book on healing entitled Radiant Survivor: How to Shine and Thrive through Recovery from Stroke, Cancer, Abuse, Addiction and Other Life-Altering Experiences. She hopes to inspire others facing their own life traumas that they too can survive and thrive after their ordeal and lead a full life. For information about the book, visit www.facebook.com/radiantsurvivor.


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