A year ago, if someone had asked me what a stroke was I can honestly say that I wouldn't have been able to answer that question. Let alone identify the signs of a stroke. Now as a 28 year old stroke survivor i know first-hand that a stroke regardless of age or lifestyle does not discriminate.
On the 29th of June 2017, I suffered a dissection to my left Vertebral artery (which is a major artery that supplies blood to the brain). This resulted in a blood clot to form and shoot off to my Cerebellum causing me to have a stroke. I experienced severe headaches, vomiting, dizziness, back and neck pain, double vision and a lack of co-ordination.
The next day I presented at the emergency department was put on a drip, told I had food poisoning and sent home. I spent the weekend in complete agony with headaches that no matter what pain medication I took would not subside. Finally, on Monday morning I had had enough. I went to the doctor who was reluctant but sent me for a CT scan. It was not until then lying on the table, watching the many radiographers through a glass window (in what can only be described as in a panic) that i learnt my fate.
The last year has had its ups and downs with me coming to terms with what is my new normal. But i am getting there and realise how extremely lucky I am to still be here today.
The stroke foundation is a cause I am extremely passionate about. There aim is to prevent stroke, educate communities and also provide support to those affected by stroke.
So i have decided to do the Bridge to Brisbane charity run to raise money to further future research and support.
Anything you can give would be much appreciated to help make a difference.