Jim posted YouTube videos of his stroke recovery to inspire other stroke survivors.
Sonja learned to manage her pseudobulbar affect (PBA), an often undiagnosed emotional condition, to improve her quality of life and progress in her rehab exercises.
Elijah, 9, had a stroke before he was born. When he got older he came up with the idea to start a nonprofit organization that uses stuffed bears to educate children in the hospital about their conditions.
Kathy’s stroke spurred her to eat healthier and get physically active.
Diana was at a greater risk for a stroke simply because she is African-American, but with the love and support of her family, she has made amazing strides in her post-stroke recovery.
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke. Yet even though stroke is a leading cause of death and adult disability, fewer than one in five people in the U.S. can recognize even one symptom of a stroke.
Jim, Sonja, Elijah, Kathy, Diana and many more hope to change that.
They are stroke champions who have chosen to help raise awareness for National Stroke Awareness Month by sharing their personal stories, photos and videos with the world. They provide an inside look at a disease that strikes nearly 800,000 people each year. They demonstrate that a stroke can happen to anyone regardless of age, gender or race.
Recognizing stroke symptoms can be easy if you remember to think FAST. Use FAST to remember the warning signs:
- F= Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
- A= Arms Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- S= Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Does the speech sound slurred or strange?
- T= Time If you observe any of these signs, it’s time to call 9-1-1
Next time you think about burgers and fries, think about this—there are many things, including foods high in saturated fat, that can cause arteries to become blocked through the gradual buildup of cholesterol, called plaque.
Many people don’t know that stroke is one of the most preventable of all life-threatening health problems. By making simple lifestyle changes you can reduce your risk for a stroke. We offer low cost Carotid Artery Screening.
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Author: Robin Badillo