On World Stroke Day, Learn How To Reduce Your Risk

by Angela Conover

I was 41, a wife, mother of two amazing boys and ‘too busy’ to be out of commission when I suffered my stroke.

I needed to undergo surgery which didn’t go as well as planned. I remember waking up thinking it was the same day of my surgery, only to learn that it was actually several days later and that I could no longer move my left side due to suffering a stroke while in a medically induced coma.

According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the leading cause of long term disability and the No. 4 leading cause of death of Americans. I’m one of the lucky ones. With the support of my family, the treatment I’ve received and my determination, not only have I survived, but I’ve made a blessed and amazing recovery.

World Stroke Day is Oct. 29 and it’s a time where people around the globe come raise awareness of stroke and its impact. It’s a day to learn about this disease-and that it is in fact preventable, treatable and beatable.

I know it may sound strange, but if given the chance, I don’t know if I would ‘undo’ my stroke. It’s given me a new perspective and appreciation on life that I don’t think I would have gained otherwise. My new mantra is to be thankful for all of the positive, loving things in life and to never quit trying to be better than you are today.

I encourage everyone to take a few moments to learn about stroke, including what you can do to reduce your risk as well as learning what to do if you or someone around you suffers a stroke by remembering FAST-Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty and Time to call 9-1-1. For more information, visit strokeassociation.org.

Angela Conover
Stroke Survivor and American Stroke Association Volunteer
Monroe Township

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