Stroke At Age 30
I wanted to tell you the story of a stroke that I had when I was just 30 years old. I could never imagine a stroke at this young of an age, but I am now 35 years old and I have fully recovered. I was under a lot of stress during that time and I did not relieve the stress that I was under. This stress had been building for roughly a year, as I was planning for a wedding, trying to sell a house, and struggling with my job and my career. I came home at night one night, and I was very emotional with my wife, talking about things that did not make any sense to her or to me. I knew things weren't right, because I knew I should not be crying about the things I was talking to her about. I stood up to walk into the living room, and before I could sit down, I saw stars on the ceiling and assumed I was just dizzy. The stars turned into darkness, and the ceiling began to turn black. I sat down and began to immediately get chills. These chills turned into flu like symptoms, and I began to get a headache, I got dizzy, and I would throw up. I slept on it that night, but could barely sleep, as I threw up all night. That next day, my wife kept telling me that my symptoms may be a stroke, and that I should go to the hospital immediately. Of course I could not believe her, and I kept saying I must have had a simple head cold. Eitherway, I fortunately went to the hospital that next morning, and I had an MRI done. The doctor diagnosed a mini-stroke on the right back lobe of my brain, that made my left face droopy, my left mouth began to droop, I drooled on the left side, and I had a very difficult time speaking from the left side of my face. From this day forward, I began to understand how short life really was, the importance of being healthy, the importance of reducing my stress, and I began to eat much healthier foods. I had lost some peripheral vision in my left eye, and it took about 2 years for the dizziness to go away completely. I also remember that during that slow brain recovery, the brain tries to compensate for damages, and I would see flashing colors as I watched TV. I am very happy and healthy today, and I will never ever take life for granted. The most important thing I can suggest is.......stress is paramount to many of todays health problems. Over the years, I have really worked to reduce much of the stress in my life. I laugh and I smile a lot more these days!! I guess you realize, you can either enjoy this short life you live in, or you can live in misery and live unhealthy.