BENEFITING: National Stroke Assn.
On January 3, 2013, Chris and I were running on the ellipticals at our recrecation center. As Chris took a drink from our water bottle, he saw one side of my face was paralyzed and I couldn't speak. Chris realized that I had suffered a stroke and he called 911. I was taken by helicopter to a stroke center hospital and quickly received the necessary treatment.
For my 30th birthday, I'm asking you to help support the National Stroke Association, which provides resources to stroke survivors and their families.
Learn the many warning signs of a stroke so you can help someone in this situation! Act FAST and CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY at any sign of a stroke. Use FAST to remember the warning signs:
FACE: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred?
TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."