On June 27, 2013, I had a TIA.
The whole family was there! We were sitting at my parent's table for my sister's birthday party laughing and enjoying each other's company. The next minute, I saw my mother’s face change. It showed concern, but nothing registered as she asked me the same question again and again. I tried to answer her, but the words would not form in my mouth.
My family started moving quickly. It felt chaotic and loud. I could hear and see what was going on, but little of it made sense. The most damaging noise I have ever heard to this day and the only one understandable to my ears at that time, was my eight-year-old son asking, "Is Mom going to die?"
When those words tumbled out of his little being, the fear began. My body was betraying me. I could not tell him I would be ok, nor could I hug his neck to reassure him, I was trapped in my body that I could not control.
I did not know what was happening, but my family did. I had facial droop, right side weakness, and loss of speech- all the classic signs of stroke.
My family knew the FAST signs of stroke and what actions to take to get me help. The hospital managed me with stroke protocol and took good care of me. I spent several days in the hospital under the care of amazing providers as my body began to heal, and a few more weeks under the care of physician to ensure I improved.
All these people, my family, the nurses and doctors, had the knowledge and skill due in part to AHA research. The work of the American Heart Association has far reaching impact. I am just one of many that has benefited by their work.
Each year the AHA embarks on a fundraising campaign called the Heart Walk. The funds raised are allocated to groundbreaking research that keeps hearts beating and helps people enjoy longer, healthier lives.
I would appreciate any donation you could make to help further the impact of the AHA.