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Elizabeth M.


Help is Needed

In November of 2000, at age 39, I suffered a massive stroke. I knew enough to get to the nearest hospital at the first signs that something was wrong. Unfortunately, they discharged me from the Emergency room. They had no diagnosis and said although it could have been a Stroke, I was very young. As I was in the lobby waiting for my husband to bring the car around I collapsed and was unable to move or speak. I was brought back into the ER where it was determined I had, indeed, suffered a Stroke. The local hospital was unable to perform the life-saving surgery I need. I was then transferred to a Boston hospital for that.

My family and I have been through many ordeals because of this. I am unable to drive or work (the lost wages have taken quite a toll on us). Although I have regained some movement (I have re-learned the walking process and am able to go short distances) there is still so much more to do. I am unable to move my arm and hand and have told I never will. I am willing to try most anything, but don't know where to turn. I am sharing my story because Stroke affects so many -not just the Survivors. I am asking for more research to be done to help us all.


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