Portland Marathon Finisher!
October 10, 2016
BENEFITING: National Stroke Assn.
ORGANIZER: National Stroke Assn.
I experienced an ischemic stroke 9/27/15. This was three days before a scheduled complete ACL repair on my right knee. Thankfully, (grateful to be able to approach it like this), it happened before I was in surgery.
Portland, OR is my hometown. I'm a mom, a wife, and a dog mom. I manage a family practice for the work part of life (my husband is the physician). For fun; I'm on a women's dragon boat team, Rip City Paddlers, I run to get more of that energy out, I attempt to golf, & I'm active in other areas of the fitness community. I exercise because I love the way it feels, it helps with my anxiety, and my love of pastries and ice cream. I enjoy going to Portland Trail Blazer games, gardening, and I love cooking and eating.
There is still no indication as to why I had a stroke. I am very active, very healthy. I was very fortunate to have been golfing with my husband who was able to get me to OHSU in a timely manner so I could receive the tPA medication. Initially, I lost movement on my right side. I lost my speech but that part recovered pretty quickly. My movement was readily available, slow, but available. I started occupational & speech therapy. My dragon boat community was extremely supportive and by my side so my husband could go to work and I could stay home and learn how to rest.
My desire (and absolute honor), is to be able to run as a stroke survivor. I want to be an example of a young, healthy woman who experienced an ischemic stroke. I'm a young, mostly healthy woman who still has no indications as to the causes of the ischemic stroke. I am so grateful that my recovery has far surmounted any of my expectations. I am still working on the healing aspect of the emotional component, and that is one of the most difficult things I have come across.
Running this marathon, is a dream I didn't think I had but it is certainly a dream I am grateful to be able to do. I had a goal of completing the Portland marathon this year (my knee creates limitations), I had no idea that I would be able to be a part of the New York marathon and help raise money for the National Stroke Association.
Each day further away from 09/27/15, I am grateful.