Stroke is and always will be a huge part of my life. I am not only a registered nurse on a stroke unit but my husband is a stroke survivor. September 18 2010 at 35 years old my husband fell at my feet after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage (a 13mm aneurysm had ruptured). Words can't express the humbling feeling seeing your best friend so vulnerable. We had celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary in July, had two beautiful children 4 and 6 years old, and in an instant my world was crumbling. His recovery was full of highs and lows. After surviving the initial hemorrhage, with only minor memory loss that was improving daily, 10 days into his recovery he had an ischemic stroke while I was with him. I knew the signs immediately when he answered my question with 3 inappropriate words, by the next morning he was barely able to lift his right arm. As a nurse, as a mom, and as his wife I knew we would not be defeated. I had stayed by his side from the moment he hemorrhaged and we spent the next 5 days doing physical therapy around the clock. He improved quickly and 15 days after his brain hemorrhage he was discharged home and walked out of the hospital. He was considered cured this past March after his final cerebral angiogram. Erik's story had an amazing ending but I will always carry every memory of his event. I am proud to be running and raising money to support the National Stroke Association and their mission to raise stroke awareness so others may have similar positive outcomes.