"I Had A Stroke at 38 Years Old"

How one woman turned a life-changing event into an opportunity to thrive. As told to Kristin Canning By Kristin Canning, SELF (Photo: Courtesy of Merideth Gilmor) I wasn't supposed to have a stroke. I was 38 years old, a mom in "perfect" health. I run my own pro-athlete public relations firm, so I have to stay on pace with the likes of Maria Sharapova, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. I was under stress, sure, but I was happy, enjoying my crazy, packed days. It happened about a year ago. One of my best friends was getting married in the Berkshire Mountains, so I flew from Charlotte, North Carolina, where I'd been on business, to Boston and then jumped in a car and drove another two and a half hours to the venue. I was excited to celebrate with friends and also to spend some alone-time with my husband. The morning of the wedding, before beginning my duties as maid of honor, I logged an eight-mile run -- and felt fantastic. Later, after a beautifully love-filled wedding ceremony, we celebrated well into the night; my husband had to drag me out the door around 4 a.m. On the way back to the hotel, I told my husband that I was excited to spend the next day being lazy with him. But as I crawled into bed, I felt that strange sensation you get right before a sneeze. I felt like I was sniffing a huge dandelion puff, and then like it was getting sucked up through my nose. Then everything went black. I fell to the floor and couldn't move the left side of my body. My husband calle...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news