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Friday, February 1, 2019

I Am A Stroke Survivor

Today I’m wearing red in honor of National Wear Red Day for the mothers, sisters and friends that we can’t bear to live without. It is a day observed annually on the first Friday in February. Heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. These diseases are 80 percent preventable. National Wear Red Day is intended to help raise awareness of heart disease, in particular among women
My day was like any other, sitting in my office at work getting ready to go home.  I stood up from my chair and it hit me – just like that!  It felt like a head rush and everything looked snowy – like when you hit the wrong channel on the tv and it’s like all black and white. I had double vision and lost the feeling on my right side. Like many of us, I had no idea what the signs of a STROKE were – just heart attack.  I was considering driving home, closing one eye so that I can focus but my colleague drove me to the ER. You don’t think about this stuff in your 30’s.
Come to find out I was having a T.I.A. – Transient Ischemic Attack – which is a mini stroke or pre-stroke.  While in the hospital they also discovered the PFO –Patent Foramen Ovale, a hole in the heart that didn’t close after birth.
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking more lives than all forms of cancer combined. It’s a myth that strokes only happen to older people. Strokes can happen even in infants
Use the letters F.A.S.T. to spot Stroke signs:
F: Face drooping – Does one side droop?
A: Arm Weakness – is one arm weak or numb?
S: Speech – is it slurred?
T: Time to Call 911 – Get to the hospital immediately

For more info, go to www.goredforwomen.org
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