I am running the 5K Heart Race in Cincinnati on Sunday, March 10 to support my first cousin, David Moskowitz and to bring AVM awareness. Please read David’s stroke survivor story below and join his 2019 Heart Mini event team. If you don’t want to run then another way for you to support David’s Heart Mini team is buy a “We Are 16 Strong” t-shirt. All proceeds will be donated to the American Heart & Stroke Associations
Thank you for your support!
David Moskowitz - My Story - Stroke Survivor
At 17 years old, I was an active, happy and presumably healthy teenager in my senior year at Sycamore High School. I was having a blast playing varsity lacrosse and proudly wore #16 on my Aves LAX jersey.
During lacrosse training, I noticed the right side of my face was tingling. As I told my teammates how I was feeling we questioned if I could be having a stroke. Still, we did not actually believe I was having a stroke because I was a healthy, active and strong teenager. I could run a six-minute mile. How could I be having a stroke? We thought only older people had strokes. However, when I told my mom about the tingling she took me straight to the Emergency Room. Despite my parents’ gut feeling there was something more seriously wrong with me the ER doctor sent me home believing I might have a virus.
The next morning, December 18, 2017, I woke-up very early because the tingling had spread from my face down my right arm. I still went to school to take an exam and, my mom immediately called the Emergency Room to insist on a MRI. As I walked out of school to meet my mom to go for the MRI, my teammates and friends wished me good luck.
Shortly after the MRI started, I was pull out of the machine. As I walked out of the MRI room, I immediately saw the grief and shock on my mom and sister’s faces. I was told the MRI showed a life-threatening issue (brain bleed) that required urgent medical treatment by a neurosurgeon. At that moment, the EMS squad were rushing through the medical satellite office towards us and an ambulance was waiting to rush me to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
Immediately after arriving to the Emergency Room, a team of neurologists and neurosurgeons explained how I had an inoperable AVM, arteriovenous malformation, or a tangle of blood vessels in my brain. The AVM caused a bleed in my brain and I was suffering from a stroke. My condition was life threatening and I was immediately moved to CCHMC, Intensive Critical Unit under the medical care of Dr. Sudhaker Vadivelu, along with the ICU attendees, fellows and nurses.
It is hard for me to remember what happened in the days and weeks to follow in the ICU. By Christmas, I had lost mobility of the right side of my body, the left side of my body was extremely weaken and my vision was severely compromise. My family told me that Dr. Vadivelu and the ICU critical care team worked 24/7 to keep me alive the first couple of weeks in the ICU. I hope one day I can express how thankful I am to my doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Dr. Vadivelu, Dr. Pater, Dr. Taylor, CV nurses and the entire ICU attendees, fellows and nurses critical care team.
It is one year ago since I suffered a stroke from an inoperable AVM causing my brain to bleed. After spending six weeks in Children’s Hospital ICU and Neurology Trauma CCU, during which time Dr. Sudhaker Vadivelu successfully performed embolization procedures and Dr. Luke Pater performed radiation surgery and, then undergoing six months of intense Physical and Occupational therapies at UC Health, Daniel Drake, I have regained full mobility, my strength and vision back. My most recent MRI from this past October showed good progress – the radiation surgery Dr. Pater performed last January is doing what we hoped it would do and the AVM is decreasing.
It is also very important for me to recognize those whom dedicated six months to assuring I would reach my fullest potential physically. It is also hard to express how thankful I am to Dr. Brett Kissela, UC Health and the extraordinary team of Physical and Occupational therapists at Daniel Drake’s, Stroke Recovery Center for encouraging, pushing and ultimately helping me return to a normal life. Dr. Kissela and the Daniel Drake’s stroke team are why I am so passionate about participating in the Cincinnati, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s 2019 Heart Mini 42 event.
This past August, I fulfilled my childhood dream and started attending the University of Cincinnati, College of Nursing for my BSN. I am living on campus with my identical twin, Jack and new friend, Liam. I love UC’s BSN program and all my new friends. I am very grateful to the UC College of Nursing for their support and encouragement. All of us attending UC College of Nursing are fortunate to be part of a team of professionals whom care so much about every student. One day, I hope to “pay forward” by providing the same extraordinary medical care I have receive on my journey to recovery to my patients.
During my extremely difficult six months of rehabilitation, I gained the strength to keep fighting from my SHS AVES LAX head coach, Greg Cole, assistant coaches, teammates and families. Together, we proudly lead / walked the 2018 Heart Mini, 1K Steps for Stroke Survivors, raising $5,000 for the Greater Cincinnati, American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
Again, I will be join by SHS, AVES LAX coaches, players and families, along with my family / friends and new UC friends in supporting the 2019 Mini Heart Event the morning of Sunday, March 10 in downtown Cincinnati. Although, this year, we will have the honor to lead the
5K Heart Race, presented by Ohio National Financial Services. Yes, I will be running! I may not run as fast as I could prior to the stroke due to my current physical medical restrictions…still I will be running across the 5K Heart Race finish line. Please come run with the AVES LAX family and me by joining our team 2019 Mini Heart team:
#16STRONG #AVESLAX #DAVIDSTRONG
Finally, my personal mission for the 2019 Heart Mini event is to raise money and bring awareness to benefit Dr. Vadivelu’s CCHMC medical research for pediatric strokes and finding a cure for inoperable brain AVMs like mine. I also want to acknowledge and honor Dr. Kissela, UC Health and the Daniel Drake, Stroke Recovery Center team. I am living proof of their commitment and capabilities for helping stroke survivors recover to live to their fullest potential.
Thank you for your support and time. It means a lot to my entire family and me.
#16STRONG #AVESLAX #DAVIDSTRONG
2019 Mini Heart Event, Team Captain