After experiencing severe headaches for several months, it was discovered through an MRI that I had a meningioma brain tumor.
Within days of turning 51, I had brain surgery to remove the tumor. It was in recovery that it was discovered that I had a stroke which was caused by a bleed; it affected the entire left side of my body.
What followed was a six-week stay in a hospital rehab. I then returned home and continued rehab as an outpatient for a couple years. Ten years have passed since and I have continued to work at regaining my abilities by training at the YMCA and doing Pilates.
I value the love and support from my family and friends, they too are a vital part of my recovery.
As many of you know, I have had a stroke that changed my life.
I went from an active mother with three children and a job to an invalid who could not speak, read, or write. The entire right side of my body was numb. I was 38.
For 19 years, I have been trying to overcome this stroke. Now, I wish to help others who have gone through what I have.
That is why I have gotten together with Sue Rindskopf, another stroke survivor, to create the Stroke Life Center.