May is National Stroke Awareness Month and I always share information with my readers on this month.
I am an acute brain stem stroke survivor. 22% survival rate. I feel very blessed to be here. My fight for the the last 6.5 years has been constant. I have many physical deficits from my stroke and I still continue to see doctors and do PT/OT off and on. This is my new normal.
Only 20% of stroke survivors have no deficits. Each stroke is entirely different.
I have been battling for years to get the American Stroke Association to change their acronym to “B.E. F.A.S.T.” as shown in the graphic above. My symptoms were under the B category. I actually thought it was my inner ear messing with me that summer afternoon, and waited to go to the hospital. Had I gone sooner, I may have has less deficits and they would have gotten tPA into me sooner.
Stroke knows no age. Babies have strokes during birth. Young women are having strokes at alarming rates, yet it is rarely talked about.
If you read this post, please take a moment to look at the graphic above and be familiar with the signs. You may save someone’s life.