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Join the Fight Against Stroke: Share Your Story!

Join the Fight Against Stroke: Share Your Story!

One in six people worldwide will have a stroke in their lifetime even though we have the power to prevent many of these strokes before they become deadly.

The irregular heart rhythm known as Atrial Fibrillation (AF) causes an astounding number of the strokes that catch our family members — and their doctors — off guard. Catching the early warning sign of AF is key to saving stroke-victims’ lives. Help us raise awareness about stroke prevention and detecting AF before it results in stroke or heart failure.

We invite you to join the fight against preventable strokes by sharing your experience with us! Care2 will send some of your testimonials to our members to get the word out about how deeply strokes impact lives.

Leave a comment below detailing how you, a family member, or a friend have combated stroke. We’d love to hear your story and include your testimonial in our campaign to help fight stroke!

 

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10:46AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Medical practitioners now recognize and honor "The Golden Hour" window when dealing with heart attack patients. It's time they do the same for "The Platinum Three Hour" window when dealing with stroke. Learn the signs, get to the hospital, don't be put off. It's your life or that of a loved one at stake.
My mother, who is about to celebrate her 90th birthday, has AF. Her last attack had her flat-lining and unresponsive. Thanks to competent care, she is now fine. We hope to have her around for her 100th birthday. Everyone should be treated as well as she was!

4:43AM PST on Dec 11, 2012

The only three people I met with a problem like this, two had ruptured cerebral aneurysm, one had a stroke from high blood pressure that made him fall down some stairs. The last one seems to have recovered--he is loading dock supervisor at the non-profit where I volunteer. One of the other two recovered fairly well but needs to get rechecked every year and have stents put in any new aneurysm. She is assistant director at the same non-profit (does most of the case work while the director does the fundraising). The first of the two with ruptured cerebral aneurysm died. She was a past president of the local synagogue and a very nice person. Her mother died of the same thing--she is survived by a daughter who needs to find out for sure just what her risk is and what to do about it. If it is hereditary and she is at high risk, she will need to get checked for cerebral aneurysm every year starting in her early forties, similar to the assistant director.

1:12PM PST on Dec 10, 2012

Remember it is critical to get to the ER within 3 hours of symptoms starting--treatment can prevent damage if there isn't bleeding

2:15PM PST on Dec 9, 2012

My husband had a minor strok, but is doing well now. All he needs to take is i one pill a day to get his blood thinner.

5:49PM PST on Dec 8, 2012

thanks for this :) so very sad for the people who have to fight this and other cancers

3:09AM PST on Dec 8, 2012

This is a topic dear to my heart..my dad has been a victim of stroke, and he has been living with stroke for 5 years now. The only visisble sign is that both his left hand and leg are paralyzed even though if one should look at them, they look very normal, I just can't understand why he cannot move them or use them. During this 5yrs, he has had various kinds of treatments including orthodox and traditional, and only the traditional treatment has ever had any visible even though minor positive effect on him! He used to have this occasional attacks and ceizures almost twice or at least once every month like he was convulsing, but after the last traditional treatment which lasted for about seven months, this occassional attacks ceased and for more than a year and half there has been no recurrence. Also he had an ankle injury on his left ankle that wouldn't heal for about two years upon he is non diabetic, but a previous traditional treatment procedure healed this too. Well so far, we have spent a lot of money on this his condition and he always needs someone to be with him at all times, to take him to the bathroom, shower him, put him on his chair and almost everything though he feeds himself with his right hand. I wish we can find a cure that can resore the complete use of all his limbs to him, and I know that is his greatest wish too. His condition has made him to be so much like a child. Anyway, he is a great dad and he doesn't sulk or let his condition affect his good spirit

2:36PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

I was a healthy 40 year old.
I was teaching my high school students.
I had a sudden onset of a headache which immeadiately turned into a migraine.
Migraines were nothing new for me,so I drove home and went drectly home shut the drapes in my room and went to sleep.
Twenty four hours later my daughter awakened me to tell me I had company.
I opened my eyes and couldn't focus and realized I was seeing double.
I was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
The next seven days were the oddest of my life,my right eye went shut and the migraines were intolerable.
I had been daignosed with a mild stroke.
My right caritoid aretery was completely occluded with blood clots and broke loose stopping the flow of oxygen to my brain.
I am now 63 and feel very fortunate that the only risidual affect I have is an anxiety disorder.
I urge anyone who may feel symptoms of a stroke to get help immeadiately.

12:20PM PST on Dec 7, 2012

After taking Celebrex for more than a year for osteoarthritis, I woke up one day in 2001 unable to keep my balance walking and seeing double. I told my husband to take me to the emergency room, which he did. "They did a CRT and I was told I had suffered a brainstem stroke, only one. He said I'd recover, but everything would be more difficult to do from now on. The next 3 days in the hospital, I was helped to recover my ability to walk. I had 3rd nerve palsy and later Bell's palsy and was unable to fully close my right eye. My husband didn't seem particulary concerned about my condition. Back at home, I was suffering from eye pain and dryness and went to my occulist. He told me to tape my eye shut before going to bed to prevent the eye from drying out, which I did. My mouth dragged down on one side, entirely altering my appearance. In a few weeks, both conditions ended and I was left with only unreliable balance. Sometimes if I turned a particular way, I would lose all control and fall. I learned to turn myself around if I felt I was falling and that helped. It has taken l0 years for my brain to finally regain control of my balance. I have had no new strokes. I have normal blood pressure, a normal heart and I have achieved normal cholesteral by cutting down on meat consumption, and normal trigycerides. Are things more difficult? I can't say, maybe I have learned to compensate. Anyway, trust your brain and body, they are remarkable mechanisms, so treat them well.

11:01AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

Bless them all

10:49AM PST on Dec 7, 2012

My mother fell at night and was ok no signs but then the next day she looked like she was sleeping and no one could wake her. Went to the hospital and after two days we were told that she had a stroke. It took two days of none treatment for a stroke she was left without the ability to form her thoughts and mobility. She was getting mini strokes and at the time we didn't know about mini strokes and what they looked like the doctor never told us. She would just stare out into space I learned latter that this was a mini stroke. I watched her struggle for 11 months until she had a major stroke that took her life. More should be said about what to look for in strokes and mini strokes and what can be done for them. It left me more afraid of a stroke than a heart attack I think a heart attack is kinder to the person than a stroke.

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