As many of you know, I suffered a stroke on September 1, 2016. It was one of the most challenging and frustrating events in my life. And while I’m still dealing with the effects of my stroke, I am happy to report that I am about 90+ % back to where I was pre-stroke. I am very fortunate as I know many stroke survivors are not that lucky. Many of them have life-long effects, like: lack of mobility on one side of their body; speech issues; having to learn to eat and swallow again; cognitive problems; bladder control concerns; eyesight issues; the list goes on and on! Something as simple as brushing your teeth or combing your hair can become a challenge.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States with more than 140,000 people dying each year. The risk is higher for women than men, and strokes can and do occur at ANY age; nearly one fourth of strokes occur in people under the age of 65. On average, someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds and it is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability.
Because I know how life-changing a stroke can be, I sympathize with stroke survivors and their caregivers. Therefore, it has become my passion to raise stroke awareness and celebrate the journey to come back strong after a stroke. Not only am I helping to organize this event, but I have also set a personal goal of raising at least $500 towards the prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support service efforts of the National Stroke Association -- will you help me reach my fundraising goal by making a donation today? No amount is too small!
I hope that you learned a bit about strokes and the journey survivors go on to recovery, and I simply ask that you say a prayer for someone who has had a stroke. Thank you for helping me celebrate the physical, mental, and spiritual journey of stroke recovery. God bless!! Xoxo
June 2, 2018
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Chicago, IL 60601