My Stroke Story


Dec. 6 1998 I went out blowing leaves and I had my stroke. I was standing up on a contraption that pushed leaves in a pile. The stroke felt like a dream. I don’t know how long I stood there. My daughter, Devon, came out to talk to me. I thought I was speaking clearly but I wasn’t. Devon went in the house and called 911. Emergency and police came. I made the emergency people take Devon. She was only 12 years old. I was fading in and out of consciousness. A friend called my parents in California. They came out to Connecticut. I was unconscious for 10 days. When I woke up, I went to the rehab. hospital. My stroke left me with weakness on my right side and I have aphasia.

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  1. Posted by nancy mamis-king, at Reply

    I. was in the hospital when I had my stroke..the same thing happen to me.

  2. Posted by Eileen Erickson, at Reply

    Heidi, the second half of your story is what an inspiration you are to others who have aphasia. Your humor, your down to earth approach and your readiness to take on anything!