Help Cocoa-Nuts Fight Stroke at Fight Stroke Walk 2019

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Hi Friends and Family, I am partnering with Stroke Awareness Foundation and raising money for Fight Stroke Walk 2019. Many of you already know my stroke story, but for those of you that don't, I'll be a 15 year stroke survivor this coming July. I not only survived a moderate-severe stroke with a full left side loss, I also became a DVT, multiple organ failure, congestive heart failure, and dilated cardiomyopathy survivor that day. Like many other stroke survivors my stroke was just a part of a bigger picture. During the stroke I broke my back and struck my head, causing a frontal brain bleed and rendering me unable to receive tPA (the life saving clot buster usually given within 3 hours of stroke), and that was just the beginning of a long road to recovery. I dare not count all the appointments, blood labs, and specialists I've been to in the last 15 years.

If you think this story ends with a definitively diagnosed cause, or a clear map of how I got here, think again. I was a seemingly healthy 28 year old mother of 2, a wife, a college student going into the nursing field, a willing participant in regular cardiovascular, stretching, and strength training physical education classes (usually 2-3 hrs 3+ days a week) that walked most places (one car family), living on a college mom diet (soy yogurt breakfast, granola bars or the occasional sandwich for lunch, and whatever someone else wanted to make for dinner [almost exclusively homemade]). I tested negative for genetic markers, had a history of healthy blood cholesterol levels and blood pressures, wasn't in a high risk catagory, nor had I ever had the time, energy, taste, desire nor funds for so called "bad habits". The only known risk factor was periodic prescription Nsaid use, which alone wasn't known to cause all these symptoms. So, after being pricked until my veins hid whenever a needle entered the room, the best any of the specialists could guess was idiopathic (unknown), probably viral. No one could have predicted this would be my path in life. And, no one could have predicted that I would come through it all as seemingly unscathed as I have. This lack of definitive diagnosis and general lack of understanding of stroke is why I'm joining this fundraising walk. I hope that surviving a stroke with so little visible damage as to appear normal isn't like a roll of the dice some day.

I sincerely appreciate your support for this fundraiser and my goal. You can donate now and by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.

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