Stroke Awareness

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Every 40 seconds, someone in America has a stroke. It's the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability.

Sarah was a healthy 25 year old. She was a competitive swimmer and rode her bike to work every day at the Harvard Eating Disorder Center. They had a public forum at work one evening and Sarah went home with what she thought was a massive headache/migraine. She does not remember much of the next morning but what she does remember is getting her friend to call 911. She had a stroke. Spent several months in ICU in Boston, moved to a rehab for another several months and then made the journey home to Hawaii. It has been 9 years since Sarah's stroke, the first few years were very challenging. And as her caregiver this has been a very involved recovery process from speech therapy, motor skills therapy and utilizing any new technological advances that help with the process. Now Sarah spends her time taking classes at Kapiolani Community College, connecting with friends online and painting. She attends a painting class twice a week.

If you or someone you know has one or more of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately:

o Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg-especially on one side of the body.

o Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.

o Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

o Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance.

o Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.

Learn the stroke warning signs and other helpful tips HERE!

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