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.