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Last Updated on May 27, 2020 by karissa ancell
I’ve mentioned already that this week is hard on me emotionally because of it being the anniversary of my stroke and it is hard. I live with the fact that I will always have to deal with physical limitations and changes to my personality because of what happened to me and that really sucks.
I want to say though that I need to express how grateful I am though for the fact that I am sitting here typing this post. I truly am grateful to have survived having a stroke in the first place when so often that isn’t the case. I am also for the most part ok. I have limitations but it could have been so much worse than it was. When I went to a new neurologist who wasn’t apart of the original team of doctors who treated me he ordered pictures of my brain. I went in for the follow up and he said he was absolutely shocked by how much of my brain was dead. That’s what happens to your brain during a stroke the clot prevents blood and oxygen from flowing through the brain and that kills it. The neurologist thought that because of how well I seem, that it was probably a fairly minor stroke but nope. About 70% of my brain is dead. You can tell that in the images because it’s a different color than the healthy alive brain.
There is so much I should not be able to do with that level of damage but because I was young and healthy my brain rerouted everything to the healthy parts and I really lost so little compared to what it could have been. So I’m grateful that I am alive and get to watch my daughter grow up and be apart of her life. I’m grateful for my husband and other family members both mine and his that helped us through the last five years and my recovery.