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Kristi Jones O.


I am so glad I got to know Kristi when I joined her stroke support group, Stroke Talk for Young People, three years ago. She had a brain stem stroke like I did and experienced being “locked in.” She had a brain stem stroke in the pontine/medulla area. She just had her 11th anniversary of the stroke which occurred on December 24, 1999, four months shy of her 30th birthday. Kristi walks with a cane and her speech sounds a little funny, but she says, "I can live independently if need be and have been driving again for the past five years. Without hope, we have nothing and I was left here for a reason. I want to help the many others out there that are just looking for some help. I need to spread my words of hope and try to inspire through my own experiences." Kristi started the first well known Yahoo stroke support group for young survivors back on February 2, 2002. Eight years later, she is still going strong with a little over 400 members. You can find her support group at http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/stroketalkforyoungpeople/.


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