Dear friends, family and supporters,
Thank you for taking a moment to check out my personal donation and Team Sassy page for the National Stroke Association. The Comeback Trail is a walk/fun run event to raise stroke awareness and celebrate the journey of coming back strong after stroke.
This will be my first event as a stroke survivor.
January 22, 2016, at the age of 28, I had a stroke. I thought I had simply sat up too fast, but then I lost complete control over the left side of my body, I had vertigo, double vision and was violently ill. I was admitted to Virginia Hospital Center, where I was there for six days. The first night I was in the hospital I was told I had MS. After my first MRI it was unclear if I had MS or if I had had a stroke, but after more testing it was confirmed that I had suffered a stroke. In my six days at the hospital I had 5 MRI’s, an MRA, a CT scan, a spinal tap, a TEE, an EKG and what feels like every blood test known to man.
I am extremely fortunate. My physical effects post-stroke only required a few months of physical therapy. I have said so many times that I wish I had a scar to show for this. A scar to show doctors, friends, family and peers. So much of my recovery has been, and still is, mental, and like so many others, I have had a hard time putting into words what I can and can not do anymore. I have been unable to physically show anyone how much I was hurting, or what I am feeling, or how I have changed.
Every recovery is unique. I am proud to start fundraising for the National Stroke Association, to help raise awareness and to support fellow survivors during their journeys of recovery. This event will take place April 22—on my one year and three-month anniversary and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit my page and to read my story. I hope you consider donating and/or joining Team Sassy!