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Michelle B.


My Journey, My Faith

It was Christmas Eve 2005, when I suffer from a massive stroke.  I had to learn how to walk and talk all over again.  But through God's grace I will persevere.

I am the oldest of five girls and the mother of one son, DeShown.  He was 13 and I was 40 when I had a massive stroke on Christmas Eve, 2005.  I had just finished reading a Christmas card from my neighbor, when my vision became blurred.  I tried to stand up, but fell.  It was 11 a.m. and I was home alone.  I called my sister Danielle, but she couldn't hear me.  I didn't realize that I could not talk.  I did not receive any help until 2:00 p.m.  God gave me a voice again after 3 hours to call 9-1-1.  The operator said it sounded like I was having a stroke.  I looked in the mirror and what I saw scared me........my face, along with the right of body was slumped downward!  Once I was put into the ambulance and they asked me what hospital I wanted to go to, I could no longer talk.  My sister was the first family member to arrive at the hospital.  I had been in a coma for two days; once I woke up and all my family was there, I felt truly blessed.  I had an awesome team of physical and occupational therapists at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital.  For that, I'm grateful!! 

Here's what I've learned:  If you're on high blood pressure medicine, TAKE IT!   A stroke doesn't care how old you are.  Through this journey, I never lost faith in God.  With His grace & mercy; He has brought me a mighty long way.  I know He won't leave me now. 




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