Survivor won’t let stroke define her

Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the nation. The American Heart Association says there are ways to protect yourself: by knowing the warning signs.Blair Weaver was getting ready for work one morning when she noticed something was off. Her husband noticed it too.”He asked me how I was doing and I said ‘Fine’ but my words were garbled and it did not come out that,” Blair said. “He again asked me how I was doing and I said again with a bit of sass this time because I had already answered his question ‘I’m fine’ and again, it was still garbled.”Her husband didn’t hesitate to call 911 and get her to the hospital. At 31, she had a blood clot in her left middle cerebral artery, something doctors could fix quickly but only because of how quickly she got to the hospital.”I’m blessed by my husband and his recognition of the signs of a stroke and getting me to the hospital as soon as possible so I can have the best possible outcome,” she said.Knowing the signs of a stroke can change the outcome and save a life. An easy way to remember is with the acronym F.A.S.T:Face drooping.Arm weakness.Speech difficulty.Time to call 911.But Blair’s story with stroke didn’t end that day. In the months after she still didn’t feel right. “I was really foggy, words weren’t coming to me as quickly as they used to. There was a lot of sensory overload. Lights were really bright and sounds were really loud and it just was not me.” Blair said.She found out she had aphasia. It’s the loss of ability to understand or express speech and is often tied to stroke. Doctors told her to keep her brain moving, so she went back to school and got her M.B.A.”I actually just finished that program in march and will actually be starting a new job as a clinical nurse manager come may so I’m very excited about that.” said Blair.She says this incident is a blip in her history, not her story. “I think I’ve taken this as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.” The American Heart Association is reminding people right now, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, you should not hesitate to call 911 or go to the hospital if you think you’re having a stroke or heart attack.

Every 40 seconds someone suffers a stroke in the U.S. It’s the fifth leading cause of death in the nation. The American Heart Association says there are ways to protect yourself: by knowing the warning signs.

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Blair Weaver was getting ready for work one morning when she noticed something was off. Her husband noticed it too.

“He asked me how I was doing and I said ‘Fine’ but my words were garbled and it did not come out that,” Blair said. “He again asked me how I was doing and I said again with a bit of sass this time because I had already answered his question ‘I’m fine’ and again, it was still garbled.”

Her husband didn’t hesitate to call 911 and get her to the hospital. At 31, she had a blood clot in her left middle cerebral artery, something doctors could fix quickly but only because of how quickly she got to the hospital.

“I’m blessed by my husband and his recognition of the signs of a stroke and getting me to the hospital as soon as possible so I can have the best possible outcome,” she said.

Knowing the signs of a stroke can change the outcome and save a life. An easy way to remember is with the acronym F.A.S.T:

Face drooping.

Arm weakness.

Speech difficulty.

Time to call 911.

But Blair’s story with stroke didn’t end that day. In the months after she still didn’t feel right.

“I was really foggy, words weren’t coming to me as quickly as they used to. There was a lot of sensory overload. Lights were really bright and sounds were really loud and it just was not me.” Blair said.

She found out she had aphasia. It’s the loss of ability to understand or express speech and is often tied to stroke. Doctors told her to keep her brain moving, so she went back to school and got her M.B.A.

“I actually just finished that program in march and will actually be starting a new job as a clinical nurse manager come may so I’m very excited about that.” said Blair.

She says this incident is a blip in her history, not her story.

“I think I’ve taken this as the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally.”

The American Heart Association is reminding people right now, despite the COVID-19 outbreak, you should not hesitate to call 911 or go to the hospital if you think you’re having a stroke or heart attack.