SURVIVOR STORIES


In 2010 at the age of 45 I had the first of two strokes, both caused by a clot. Prior to my strokes I lived life at a hectic pace, being self-employed and a mother of one. I enjoyed my hobbies, riding, swimming, walking, yoga...

The children and youth that Laurel Fontaine volunteers with at her North Attleboro church adore her. And who wouldn’t? She’s got a lot to say, she has a beautiful smile and a great sense of humor, and she’s passionate about giving back. It’s been a long...

(Jim’s story has been written by his wife, Diane) Healthy living was my husband's passion. He was a devoted runner and veteran of 32 marathons. As Fitness Program Manager for his division of the Air National Guard, he oversaw the physical fitness training of more than 1,600...

The following is excerpted from Paul David Wilson’s article, “Lost and Found.” You can read the full article here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/paul-david-wilson/lost-and-found-an-article-about-living-with-aphasia/10150413987590035/  On Friday, January 1, 1999, New Years Day, I have a stroke. In the hospital, a friend talks to me.  I want to respond but I cannot...

Before my stroke, I was very athletic. I played all kinds of sports, including basketball, soccer, football, softball, golf, and curling. I was also very adventurous. I loved to travel, visiting places as far away as Ireland and Italy and close to home as Monterey...

I suffered it when I was 29 years old. By the time they identified it being a TBI there wasn't much they could do in forms of any of the medications that they were able to do. It was 2003, so I was deeply immersed...

Prior to my two strokes in October 2014, I had suffered Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in the late 1970’s and relapsed in the early 1980’s.  After remission I had odd side effects from the Chemotherapy and Radiation therapy, but generally I had a healthy life and...

My life as an ex UK Detective Inspector of 25 years, and my current role as a Private Investigator in Australia seemed far away after my stroke on 15 April 2013. I had been gardening, overheated, and drank insufficient water. I was throwing up and...

February 6, 2016 changed my life forever. My three-year-old daughter had been up all night crying because of a terrible earache.  My husband was out of town to attend his grandfather's funeral, so I was single-parenting. Finally around 3 AM I decided to take her...

Wednesday, July 22 wasn’t supposed to be an extraordinary day by any stretch of the imagination. All I had planned was a quick trip to the grocery store with my kids in tow followed by dropping lunch off at my husband’s office and then that...

Each day is a beautiful gift.  I've always been grateful, but sometimes things unfold in your life that multiply that level of gratitude...

Hello, my name is Annette. I had my stroke on April 10, 2004, 13 years ago. I worked for Denny's for 15 years and Long Horn Steakhouse for 3 years. I worked 7 days a week. Craig and I were married Feb. 23rd, 2004. I...

I worked full time at Mercy Medical Center as a medical secretary. I'd also been a resident coordinator for years. I'd been there for thirty years. I was at work [when I had my stroke]. I was at the hospital in the cafeteria. All of...

Kathy suffered a stroke nine years ago, at age 55, after she’d been working a very stressful job to put her two kids through college. Kathy, in blue, with her brother and his wife at their last "Stampede for Stroke" event in St. Louis She remembers an...

I was one of the lucky ones.  When my stroke hit, with no warning at all, I was fortunate to be visiting with two close friends, one of whom had had a stroke.  When I stopped speaking mid-sentence, and slumped onto the couch with no...

To achieve, we must believe. To find our path, we must visualize our dreams into reality. To obtain, we must continually strive and NEVER give up. Once obtained, we must give back with gratitude to keep the positive energy flowing! May my story encourage others. I have had multiple brain...