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Carolyn Fanning

Team Fundraising Goal: $3,000.00

Total Number of Gifts: 44
Total Value of Gifts: $3,360.00

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We at National Stroke Association and the thousands of people we interact with every year offer our sincere thanks.

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Most days of your life go by without much thought. You wake up and go through your usual routine, never remembering the idiosyncrasies of the day. But then there are the days when something life changing happens and the events of that day are imprinted into your brain permanently. For me that day was September 3, 2010; my sister's wedding day...and the day I had a stroke.

Two days earlier, I went to the gym and pulled what I thought was a muscle in my neck. As I drove home I started to see hallucinations in the road but by the time I pulled into my driveway they had disappeared. As I walked into my apartment I felt very disconnected from the world. I knew something was not right and I remember saying out loud, "Something is very wrong." Unfortunately I ignored my inner voice and went to bed. The following night I had a stroke in my sleep. I had broken my vertebral artery at the gym and it eventually cut off the blood supply to my brain. My timing couldn't have been worse. It was my sister's wedding day.

Almost every single doctor I have seen has remarked how lucky I am to be where I am today. For a while that was hard to swallow. How am I lucky? I had a stroke at 28 that has left me with constant visual disturbances. That seems pretty unlucky to me. However a year and a half later I truly understand how lucky I am.

Through my recovery I have been inundated with love and support. I've had many people come up to tell me how my story affected their own lives. Even people I barely know have told me that they heard my story and it made them evaluate their own choices and they've made changes to live a healthier lifestyle. To be able to help others reminds me of why I'm so lucky.

I've been given the gift of being able to inform others about strokes and hopefully inspire and encourage those who are struggling with their recovery. If I had gone to the hospital when I first felt the neck pain and saw the visual disturbances (and yes, I know that sounds obvious now), I could have possibly prevented my stroke. Listen to your inner voice. And know FAST.

The biggest lesson I've learned; life isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.

While I wasn't able to stand next to my sister on her wedding day, I couldn't be happier to run next to her during the NYC Marathon. See you at the finish line!

National Stroke Association’s mission is to reduce the incidence and impact of stroke by developing compelling education and programs focused on prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and support for all impacted by stroke. Thank you for joining us to try and stop this devastating disease.

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