While working out at the gym six years ago, I felt a pop in my head and developed a sudden and severe headache. I had what would be the first of three strokes within a couple of weeks caused by a ruptured aneurysm. I was only 25 years old.
The second stroke caused the left side of my body to be paralyzed, and the odds of surviving without permanent mental and physical disabilities were slim to none. Through vigorous therapy and with great determination, I relearned how to speak, walk and dress myself.
While the goal of my therapy was to become independent, my goal was to be able to run again and wear high heels.
Fortunately, I have made a full recovery and not only am I back in my favorite high heels, I’ve completed 7 half marathons. I’m also serving as an ambassador for the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women campaign spreading awareness and hope to other survivors like me!
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Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. For nearly 100 years, we’ve been fighting heart disease and stroke, striving to save and improve lives. Heart disease is the No. 1 killer worldwide, and stroke ranks second globally. Even when those conditions don’t result in death, they cause disability and diminish quality of life. We want to see a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.