Valerie S.


June 2014 is the one year after my "accident." I got up. Took my girls to school, cleaned and got tired. Did a nap and when I got up I couldn't speak. I got to my bathroom and felled down. I couldn't get up, I couldn't speak and don't remember anything now. What happened was someone called 911 and I went to UNM hospital. I had 80% to go to Heaven. I had carniaplasty brain surgery. When I finally got up, I didn't know why I was there. Didn't see my hair was gone. Didn't know my left skull was in the stomach. Didn't know a part of my brain on the left side was gone. After a lot of medicine and I was finally up, I asked my family what happened. My stroke. Had one and still don't know why. Thought I was in a dream. Finally looking in the mirror, seeing how different now my life is. After the UNM I had to go to Health South to start learning how to walk, and read, and speak. I finally went home in a month.

I went to more appointments for speech therapy. In October 2013 I did my last surgery. They got my skull out of my tummy and put a metal in my brain and put my skull back in. I was so happy how blessed I am. Still here. I am up and down and have medicine for seizures and depression, but more closer to God! Proud to be a great Mom and my girls tell me "Happy Birthday" every morning!


All active news articles

Get Involved

National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke.