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Karen B.


Unexpected stroke to young mom

After being in the best shape of my life, I suffered a stroke after surgery, at the age of 29. But thanks to my husband and beautiful boys, I am making slow strides to regain my independent life again.

I am a ten month stroke survivor who had a stroke after surgery. I had a cyst wrapped around my carotid artery and because the doctors did not realize how deeply entangled the cyst was, my carotid artery was nicked and that is where the clot came from that caused my stroke. After my original surgery, I spent two day recovering in the hospital, and at that point I already could not swallow. On the night I was discharged and came home, I laid down on my couch and my husband went upstairs to take a shower. I had no idea that something was wrong, but by the time he came back downstairs, he was ready to take me to the emergency room because he knew I was having a stroke. He saved my life that night. I could not have the TPA shot because of my earlier surgery.

After about two long weeks in the ICU, where I endured two more surgeries, and then a step-down unit, I was discharged to an in-patient rehab facility for 7 weeks, where I would learn how to walk again, be fed with a peg tube and then eventually come home to my beautiful family. I was 29 when I had my stroke and came home a day before my 30th birthday. My biggest accomplishment is being a mother to my two beautiful boys Ty(5) and Jack (2) and a wife to my amazing husband Ben. I still currently walk with a cane and have very little function of my left hand, but I am here and that is all that matters.

I am a high school English teacher and hope to go back part-time in the fall.


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