The Stroke Effect: Life after a Stroke

The Stroke Effect: Life after a Stroke

♪ (music) ♪ On average, 17 New Zealanders
will have a stroke today and six of them will die.Mary Brown was a badminton playerand an Irish dancing teacher.At 51, she was starting to traveland then she had a a massive stroke.David Hoeck’s memory was like
a computer with a super hard drive.
Now, it’s an effort to retain information.Mike Brown was in a high powered meetingwhen a blood vessel in his brain burst.It was a stroke.Lee Wakefield was a detective,
and barely 40.
She was confident,
and self-assured.
Every year nearly six and a half thousand
New Zealanders will have a stroke.
They’re devastating.Depending on the part
of the brain affected,
they’ll cause physical, emotional
and intellectual changes.
Long term or short term disability.Research into stroke is rapidly advancingwith scientists looking
for both causes and cures.
But what they already know
is that we could prevent
85% of strokes.They have started
calling these brain attacks. And that’s to emphasize the importance of, this is a serious thing. Most people don’t know what a stroke is. As I said, only a better third of people
can name symptoms of a stroke. And it’s the usual suspects: high blood pressure,
not enough exercise, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking. Ten years ago my dad had his stroke. I see how it affects him
physically and emotionally, but I still don’t really know
what it means to have a stroke.Auckland University has a brain bank,with tissue from more than 400 brains.Neuroscientists are gradually
uncovering the secrets of the brain.
A stroke is caused by one of two things:a bleed within the brain, or a blood clot.The brains stored here give us
a clear idea of what can happen.
Neuroscientist Alan Barber is ranked
one of the world’s experts on stroke.
Here we have some stroke affected brains and this is a normal looking brain? That’s a normal– was a normal brain.He’s researching ways to limit
the impact of a stroke
but he’s equally passionate
about educating others of the risks.
The brain needs to get blood. To get blood from the heart
up to the brain you’ve got arteries, and you’ve got
two big arteries here and here. These are the carotid arteries, and you’ve got a couple of arteries
that come up the back. This is one of the ones
that comes up the back. You can see it.
It’s pretty difficult to see. Can you see that there? And then it comes up here,
and you can see little ones branching off. Each time an artery, or the hose,
branches into two, it gets smaller.Those tiny arteries can stop
receiving blood if fat blocks the line,
and that’s why you need
to keep your cholesterol low.
The part of the brain that’s affected
by that loss of blood flow stops working, and it stops working
within a couple of minutes. That part of the brain will die. That’s that sort of stroke. That’s about 85% of strokes.
That’s called anischemicstroke.It’s what happened to Mary Brown
eleven years ago.
One of the cruelest aspects of stroke
is that it can deprive many of speech.
It’s called aphasia.You’ve found your own way
to communicate without words, with lots of photos and– Or yeah, sometimes– So you write things down for people? No, because… nothing. (laughs) No, no… and speak and sometimes laugh. Laugh, laugh. Because sick and tired of–Mary’s stroke was massive.She has a small collection of words,but she never quite knows on any one daywhat thoughts she’ll be able
to organize into speech.
That’s just part
of the random nature of stroke.
Now is the hour♪ ♪When we must say good bye♪ ♪soon you’ll be–It’s amazing to me that Mary can sing,yet she can’t speak.But doctors can explain why.The music part of the brain
is in a slightly different area, so that’s why she can express
herself through song, but she can’t necessarily express
herself through spoken language. It’s the same with writing. Some people, when they have an aphasia, can’t write, but some people
can still express themselves by writing. What were you doing
when you had your stroke? You were sitting at a table, and you– Playing. Playing here, so– – Poker.
– Yes! (laughs) And (spurts) death. Bang. What’s the next thing you remember? Was it waking up in the hospital? Yes. And every time just pills, and nothing. And slowly, slowly, ’cause nothing. So, you slowly became independent, and now you live here, alone? Yes. Nothing. Me and me and me. (laughs) ♪Carry, carry on nowMuch of Mary’s former life is gone,but she’s had the courage since her stroketo put herself out there
and build a new life.
Because she can sing,
she’s joined a choir.
♪ (singing) ♪Mary knows she was lucky
to survive this stroke.
One third are fatal.♪ (continues singing) ♪ (soft guitar music)Soon after her stroke,
Mary managed to return home
and live independently.When she first had her stroke,
her right side was completely paralyzed.
She couldn’t so much as roll overand she had no speech.Hello! How are you?Her right arm is still paralyzed,
but Mary’s learned ways to manage.
Twenty eight dollars and– Bye! ♪ (guitar music ends) ♪ Hello! Oh! Hello! How are you?Mary’s brother and sister
call by every week.
She’s also supported by volunteers
from the Stroke Foundation.
Nice day? Yes, beautiful day! I was going to ask you
whether your nails needed doing, Mary, ’cause I have brought my clippers,
if you need them. They’re not too bad, are they? Yeah. I’ll do them on the weekend. Okay. Alright. Okay, folks.
I’ll make you a cup of tea. Alright, I’ve got
some papers for you to sign. Okay. Alright. I come and see her every week
and we talk about her bills and the money. She’s our sister, first and foremost, and to me, it’s just normal. She’s our sister who’s had a stroke, but she’s got the same
character and personality so it’s just being part of a family. Actually, I see more of Mary now
than I did before, because before she was busy
and I was busy, and now that Mary is in need of more help, we need to be around there for her. ♪ (serene music) ♪Everyday tasks are much more
of an effort than they used to be.
Yet, Mary accepts where life’s at.How do you cope with life’s frustrations?Well, sometimes– that no, no, no, I’m sorry. (blows) Okay. So what? So what? I’m going to–
Yes! Fine. Nothing. Because– I’m going to laugh, laugh, laugh. Our brains are a mysterious
and complex filing system. Memory is kind of like a book, and after a stroke, sometimes
the chapters are missing. I used to pride myself on having
a fairly honed computer for a brain. I was always an appalling note taker. Very seldom took notes. It was just all in here. I had been a journalist, so I’d written
for magazines and web sites, so I was an information person. Quick absorb, process it, spit it out.David was 53 years old
when he had his stroke.
He knew nothing about the symptoms.At first he ignored the signs
that something was wrong.
I couldn’t sit up right. Like I got on the bed,
but my center of balance I sort of couldn’t find it!
So what I was doing was, I’d try to sit up and I’d fall over. And then I’d try
to sit up again and fall over. I don’t know how long
I was doing that for. That was quite some time, and I was doing
all these sort of weird things, like concentrating on gravity
and my center of balance and stuff like this, trying to actually get
my center of balance right while totally ignoring the fact
that this really weird thing is actually happening to me. What is happening is that a blood vessel
is actually bursting in your brain. And it’s letting blood out,
so what happened was, I sort of got the first inkling of,
“oh, this headache is a bit more severe than I thought.” There’s something really going on here. ♪ (fearful music) ♪ All of a sudden, what appears to be
just a minor headache, or a minor hangover,
ramps up to stadium volume. It was just like unbelievable. It was really, really painful. Then it was a period
of a wait in intensive care where you are cradled
in medical science, really. It’s all warm and fuzzy. You’re actually rocked
on medical technology. You don’t know how fast
the human body will recover, so you’re stuck there in this place
that’s not like it used to be. But you don’t know that you’re ever
going to recover from it. And it can be a very dark
and unpleasant place. Then, what happens, the human body
does its little marvelous things. You actually start
this process of recovery with things, tools start coming back. Bit by bit you regain bits and pieces,
and you re-learn how to use them. What– one of the things
that I’ve found recently was a notebook that I kept when– or tried to keep. I’d always prided
myself on my handwriting, so it’s sort of quite nice
that I can look at this person who can’t, who can’t really write. In fact, you can’t read quite a bit of it, and then you go from that to my sort
of nice, neat, anal handwriting– (laughing) –again. Sort of like you can see
your whole progress there, but I couldn’t read. My eyes would move
over a sentence and I’d start it, but by the time I got to the end,
I had no idea what was happening. The words in your mouth
can sometimes feel like rocks. They just won’t go out, so you’re busy trying to push them
out from the inside, and they just aren’t coming,
or they aren’t going, or they’re very hard to push, where your tongue moves differently and your mouth moves weirdly
that you can’t control. It can be a very long way
between the inside you that’s doing the thoughts
and the outside you that’s actually speaking them.(narrator) David’s involved
in a new research project
that’s helping him rebuild his mind.Slowly, he can feel
his memory being restored.
(winding sound) I think I am quite lucky to come out of it with what I came out of it, you know. My brain still processes
at a million miles an hour. It’s increasingly got better, and I can talk and I can move
and I can sort of control my life in lots of ways, so I feel I am very lucky
to have come out of my stroke the way that I’ve come out of it.(narrator) If you can recognize the signs
of a stroke as it’s happening,
you can minimize the damage.Scientists have developed
a clot-busting drug,
but it needs to be given
within four and a half hours
of first seeing the symptoms.Face, get the person to smile. One side doesn’t move, that’s a clue. Get them to lift their arms up. If one side drops away, that’s a clue
that someone’s having a stroke. Get them to say something, they can’t
get their words out or it’s slurred, that’s a clue that someone
might be having a stroke. (small waves breaking)Lee Wakefield was successfully
given the clot-busting drug.
Her clot could have killed her.I just had such a bad headache, and my flatmate rang for an ambulance, ’cause she was really worried about me, and I remember telling her off
because I thought she was overreacting. All I wanted was some pentothal, but apparently she gave me a pentothal and it was sitting on my lip.
I couldn’t actually feel it. That’s when she knew something was wrong. We spend our lives discovering who we are. But what happens when the person
you thought you were is no longer you? I’m a police officer.
I’m a detective in Auckland City. What that means
is that I investigate serious crime that happens within Auckland City.(narrator) Physically, Lee looks well.She’s even back at work,
but psychologically,
she’s changed.I feel like I had a personality change. It was like one day I wake up,
had a stroke, and I’m not the same person. It was really hard to get my head
around the fact that my confidence, my ability, the things that I sort of do
and like doing, I couldn’t do. I thought it would be just,
I’d be better and it was all over with, and all of a sudden I’d get
my normal life back, and you don’t.I guess I had never really considered
depression a lot
because I’ve come across it a lot
with my job and with other people,
but I never thought
I would be affected by it.
(narrator) Applying the principles
of a hardened detective,
she buckled down and worked
to recover her strength,
but she was stumped by the way
the stroke changed her, emotionally.
(Lee) People would just start
to talk to me and I’d start crying,
and it wouldn’t even be
anything that they’d said,
it would just happen,
and I found that very overwhelming
and quite embarrassing,
and I didn’t want to go back to work
until I could get that under control,
because I didn’t want to be at work and then all of a sudden be in tears
and feeling like a basket case ’cause I just got really
self-conscious about it.(narrator) She’d always prided herself
on being organized and in control.
Her stroke was so unexpected,
she’s terrified it could happen again.
(Lee) That really, really worried me.
At the beginning I was so scared of that,
that it might happen again, and that
I’d have to go through all of this again
and I just didn’t know if I’d be able
to cope with having it all happen again.
I actually still don’t know if I could,because I just don’t, you know.The thought of it
happening again worries me
and every time I get a headache
I get sort of a bit panicky
and I mean, there’s a little bit
of a difference between a headache
and a migraine, and I felt like I had
a migraine the day I had a stroke.
I would just get,
if it worried me, and I do have headaches and things,
and hope it’s not happening again.(narrator) Mike Brown’s stroke
resulted in a paralyzed left arm.
He’s frustrated that 18 months on,
he still can’t easily manage things
like dressing himself.Get it up and over your head. The right arm in. There’s always a bit of a twist
there in the end there, but you’ll get there in the end.(narrator) He’s been doing
as much physiotherapy as possible,
and now he’s part of a research project
at Auckland University.
I made the decision that I was going
to recover as best as I could and not stop recovering. A lot of people who make
that decision just end giving up. That’s not me.Especially initially.
Your family help you a lot,
what you’re doing.That puts some pressure on them.I think as part of my determination,I didn’t want to be a burden
on them at all, you know?
(narrator) Neuroscientists are beginning
to realize how much the brain can change
and recover functions lost after a stroke.This New Zealand researchis a world first.It’s testing a way to change
the stroke affected brain.
I think it’s been quite recently
in the last few years that neuroscientists like us
and others all around the world have realized the brain is capable
of huge amounts of change throughout your life,
even after big neurological injuries.(narrator) This device gives off
a safe magnetic field.
Kathy finds a small part of Mike’s brain
that controls his paralyzed hand.
When she finds it, she delivers
a brief magnetic field,
stimulating his brain to move his hand.I don’t feel anything at all, in terms of,
it doesn’t hurt or anything like that. The only thing that I do find is that
maybe the next day I’m quite tired.(narrator) Now they’ve found
those brain cells, they can begin
the process of waking them up.This is called priming, and this
is a form of magnetic stimulation so it’s safe and painless
and non-invasive. What it does is that it uses
a very weak magnetic field to activate the cells
near the top of the brain, and in this instance we use them
to activate the part of the brain that controls Mike’s left hand. So, we increase the activity levels,
let him sit quietly for a few minutes, and then he goes and does
therapy with that hand to sort of capitalize on the way
that the brain’s been pre-activated. Now as he’s sitting
nice and quiet, relaxed, here we go! (device buzzes rhythmically) When we do this,
it takes a couple of minutes, and then we sit quietly for five and then Mike goes
and does his therapy. In the study we’re currently running,
we do this every day for two weeks to see if we can produce a good,
long-lasting benefit.(narrator) The equipment
isn’t new technology,
but it’s the first time
it’s being used this way.
So this is an intermittent protocol,
so it’s on for two seconds and then there’s an eight second gap. (device buzzes) So for this protocol,
it’s important just to sit quietly to let the effects on the brain
settle, if you like, and then go and do the therapy. Okay. I’m going to time you.
I want you to do it – as quickly as you can.
– Alright. Okay. And, ready, set, go!(narrator) The brain cells needed
to perform this task
were the ones targeted
by the magnetic stimulation.
Oops!(narrator) Mike’s applying
every bit of concentration.
That helps stimulate
the brain even more.
His determination makes him
an ideal candidate for the study. (therapist) Very nice!(narrator) Even this small achievement
means everything to Mike.
(therapist) Good job!(narrator) His emotions have changed too.I suppose the first thing
that went through my mind was, how is this gonna affect me and my family? How is it gonna affect me at work? What are the long term
effects likely to be? Those sorts of things. Certainly you’re not thinking
about your recovery at that stage. You’re thinking about what’s happened and then the blame starts. Like, you know,
could it have been avoided? Those sorts of things. Yeah. I was in a meeting at Middlemore Hospital with a group of engineers and architects and the client, and I fell over sideways
in the middle of that meeting. Ended up in ED in about
space of about five minutes.(narrator) An artery burst in Mike’s brain.When you look at the brains
of people who died of a stroke,
you can see the damage caused.This is the stroke here. Moderately big. This is due to a rupture
in one of the small arteries that penetrate the brain
to take blood into the brain, and what can happen is if you’re a smoker,
high blood pressure, diabetes, years and years of that
can weaken the walls of the artery and they can burst, give up the ghost and you can get
this big blood clot forming. It’s like a big bruise in the brain, and what happens is
that it actually damages, it’s replaced the underlying normal brain.(narrator) Scientists are excited
by the discovery that parts of the brain
might recover, more
than they once imagined.
Alright Mike, so these are the pictures
that we took in the MRI scan, before and after you did the therapy
as part of this study. So this is basically just a picture
of the outside of your brain, and your nose would be here. That’s the back of your head. This area here
is the primary motor cortex, and it’s the part that specifically
controls your left hand. This is what you looked like
before you did the therapy, and this is what you look like
after the therapy. So keeping an eye on that spot,
it’s now in a different color to show you it’s afterwards,
and it’s much bigger and brighter so this is a much more
normal pattern of activity, and that tells us that
after the therapy you were controlling this left hand
more normally and more efficiently and with a lot more activation
in the side of the brain that was affected by a stroke. So whatever improvements
you’ve experienced with the way this hand moves,
it’s not because your hand has changed, it’s because your brain has changed. Which is great. That’s great! That’s exactly
what we’re trying to achieve. The past 18 months it’s all been
about recovery, really. When you’re recovering quickly
in the first three to six months, you think, this is great!
You’re gonna get it all back. Your hand’s gonna work forever
and all the rest of it, but it doesn’t really. You get to a point when you realize
that disability is going to be with you for the rest of your life. ♪ (somber music) ♪(narrator) But having
taken part in the study,
Mike is encouraged.He’s determined to continue to work hard.Researchers will continue
to make new discoveries
about the way a stroke
impacts on the brain,
but experts working in the field
insist prevention is key.
♪ (music builds) ♪After all, 17 people will have a stroke
in New Zealand today.
Six of them will die.But 14 of those strokes could be avoided.

90 Replies to “The Stroke Effect: Life after a Stroke”

  1. I can't even imagine how scary a stroke must be. It's amazing what obstacles the human spirit really can, and does, overcome. Mary's singing voice is so gorgeous- soft and soothing, and I'm sure there are many people who are glad she's found this way to put her talents to use.

  2. My story is similar to Lea's. i also was a crime scene investigator, supervisor. Woke up one day and had lost my vision on eight eye. Then massive headache. Had no idea it was a stroke. Had to retire. Found out it was the second one within a few months. Got my visin back but lost alot of confidence and critical thinking skills. Been two years and much better but struggle with depression, mood swings and anxiety.

  3. Had massive headache and ignored it. Then side of face and teeth went numb. I had three small blood clots in middle of brain from small stroke. I had really strange feelings for months after ie numbness in legs and like electrical flashes etc. Even now if I am tired the feelings come back. I had no follow up to explain what had happened.

  4. My father has suffered a massive combined stroke (ischemic and hemorrhagic) 2,5 years ago, stayed at the hospital for 4 weeks and doctors basically told me and my mom that he was very unlikely to survive due to the nature and the severity of the stroke. Thanks to God my dad not only survived, but has regained movement in his leg, regained his memory, his cognitive skills, he even works from home part-time. Unfortunately he did not regain movement in the affected arm and hand and he now suffers from chronic fatigue and has been unstable emotionally, but he has done amazing knowing the initial prognosis that the doctors gave us. I thank God every day for not taking my dad away and I am extremely grateful that my dad is alive and well and that he got to meet his grandson 1,5 years ago. Stroke is a bitch, but here is life after stroke. Physical rehabilitation and family support do wonders!

  5. Even at my young age, I have been through this shortly after breaking my neck (military).
    Didn't have very much nerve issue's until stroke. After I lost my right side, memory and at times I zone out and don't know it. I now have my right arm mostly back after 6 months and right leg is getting close. Being young, people mostly ask if I was doing drugs, so I now just say neck injury and don't bother explaining further. I did learn to do a lot with one arm. These people are strong. when I saw saw Mike use his bad arm to do the puzzle, it made me very happy for him. It's amazing what the body can do. I always loved fitness and it has helped me go a long way.
    Thank you for showing this.

  6. my stroke was 3. weeks ago on Mon at 3.58 on 9oct 2017 It's amazing what obstacles the human spirit really can, and does, overcome, thank you holy spirit DANNY MC.

  7. I had a clot leading to braindamage to my cerebella i i cant explain what its done to me people think im putting it on no body will help me

  8. My mom recently had a massive stroke and the doctors told us that it would only be a matter of time before she went brain dead. Thank God She is still alive and on the road to recovery.She has had a vp shunt for over 20 years and that is what helped her survive. She now have a trach and peg but we are hoping that she will regain her ability to swallow. It’s been about 2 months post stroke and she has been so emotion and says she doesn’t want to live somedays. My family and I are trying to hard to help her with her emotions because it is impacting her ability to participate in therapy 🙁

  9. I was numb on the left side ofy body and asked my mom if she could take me to the hospital she said it was probably nothing and the hospital is to far to go if it truly was nothing I accepted that and went to sleep and woke up with half my bod not working but I still love my mom I just wish she listened but this experience has made me stronger mentally

  10. As a survivor of stroke, I know the debilitation is life changing. I am always inspired by the courage of others. THANK YOU!

  11. i am stroke survivor, 51 yrs. young, high bp and high sugar. it has been 1.5 years ago. i feel different since. i am still not in full strength. your video helped a lot. thank u

  12. I keep moving after coma 2 months. I said to my kids throw my wheelchair n walker! I tried to walk then fall…bleeding my feet. Fall many times. But keep walking until now. No more cane! If you dont move. You ll loose it. Very hard. But never give up! My eys can see before.n i burn my hands several time for making my own hub is run away from me too. My life is so complete. My carrer is destroy.. i cant remember nothing for 2 months coma. Only screaming a lot n cant breath.

  13. Its great that NZ looks after stroke victims. Keep up the good work.
    In other parts of the world you get to a certain age and the healthcare system looks the other way, calling your a burden on society and trying to kill you instead of caring for you. They won't even give you a CT brain scan eg if you've suddenly become a paraplegic, are slurring your speech, or are blinded in one eye, have headaches and neck aches, are confused, have difficulty eating … they just call it old age and tell you its nothing and not to worry about it and that they've done all they can do, their too busy and important and all knowing , just accept your paraplegia and the rest of your new ailments and die………… A few of months later the hematoma in your brain that the doctors missed has grown so large, especially under the extra stress you are under with no one listening to you, and the continues forced use of blood thinners, that you finally go into a convulsions and a coma… your family find you in this state while so called medical professionals have been just walking past you for hours – they had even checked your blood pressure but declared you "fine – just having a rest". Your family ask for help and the medical team laughs at you. The doctors finally check you out and give you the CT scan after the three months of procrastinating and lying about your condition, falsifying reports. Because of their misdiagnosis and the embarrassment you've caused the to the system and doctors that missed your condition your again not a candidate for further care – your again too old, your too this, your to that….the doctors don't even know anything about the hemorrhage your just "not a candidate for care", they are not going to waste money investigating further – as if anyone eg family would really want to know what has really happened or find the root cause – no the doctors now need to cover their tracks for missing the bleed on your brain, not doing a thorough enough investigation and for not listening to you and your family about your condition. ….so they just bury their mistakes….you were so strong and healthy you survive another 11 days without food or water and die from dehydration….. very sad but true.

  14. think of all those people who'd lose their jobs if they cured this thing…….neurologists, dieticians, physical therapists, family councelors, speach pathologists, home health care and nursing homes. Great news: STROKE IS CURED!!!!!……..have a look for yourself …..see the videos> INSTITUTE of NEUROLOGICAL RECOVERY

  15. I stroked in September of 2010, due to a paradoxical embolism. Thankfully, I was able to regain a lot of my function fairly quickly, but it was a confusing and scary time.

  16. Having to experience Stroke as I did 6 months ago & been hospitalized for its rewards which does put you immediately in the 'Now What position?? & will I recover to get back into my normal daily routine again. With being in a ward with 5 other stroke victims. I would give a big heads up for the Drs & nurses who cradled me back from a doubtful recovery. Every hour they woke me up for 24 hrs st8 to rebuild my mental & physical strength. Visits from my family have also been a haven in improving my speech minutely.
    I have decided to add my 2 cents worth & have been back at work twice …how ever I did jump on my walking machine to see how I went. Normally I would start off on the 6 range but fell & grazed my legs & shin with some bruizes…I reset the lev at 2 & walked for 3mins. Boy that was an effort! anyway 2 months in & I'm now on 30mins on lev 4 with some jogging on lev 8. My recovery is ok but frustration has set in when I went back to work with my son but only lasted 3 hrs & got dizzy & tired based on a combination of issues & now back to just working out on my walking machine, bike & some planking & watching my diet. Although I'm on the mend….life is some what frustrating …trying to stay positive.

  17. I knew I was having a stroke as soon as I lost strength in my right arm, managed to get to phone to tell my daughter, speech was just a slurring she knew too so rang emergency,. am really one of the lucky ones,.

  18. i found after my stroke that my thought filters did not work…i would say things normally i would not…… me into terrible strife

  19. Poor lady its sad to see elderly living alone im glad they have their family tp visit and a support system around them

  20. I had a massive stroke when I was 21. I try my best to lead a normal life but the sad truth is I never feel complete . I still struggle with depression but I'm blessed to have my own family .

  21. Hi I'm Vimala from India and 26 years old I was a working woman in IT company I had sever headache for 3 months when I visited the doctor they said it was a sinus then later 1 week again I visited the same doctor they said its migraine then suddenly one day I felt my left hand was not working properly then I had stroke bcoz of that my both left hand and leg got paralyzed it was 14 months ago still I do have problem with my hand and leg and I need someone else help to do my day to day works any exercise for me

  22. i need help.. i had a serious stroke that left me with 95% of memory gone, i type with one finger, it goes on and on. no money though, so am hoping i could be a trial patient for free. anyone can reach me at [email protected] .thanks!!

  23. I had I stroke when I was 13 just yesterday, such a scary feeling.. my vision,hearing and over all body awareness was effected

  24. I got a stroke in20 14 and my left side I move around with a limp and I can talk thank God when I watch the program and see how serious this monster is I am doing my best not to let it happen again and so should ever one

  25. This video gives me hope in my darkest hour. Seeing how These people pick back up their lives and carry on makes me not want to give up as well.
    Keep going no matter how difficult it may seem and don’t stop fighting!

  26. The day before my grandmama had her massive stroke she had been out shopping all day with my aunt to prepare for a family christening the next day. My aunt said Grandma had complained of having a headache that day. She came home from shopping and told grandpa she had a headache and was going to lie down before making dinner. My aunt told me she went to say bye to grandma before she left and grandma had told her "no matter what happens, make sure the food gets to the church tomorrow." That's the last thing she ever said. She laid down and grandpa couldn't wake her up later. An MRI at the hospital showed a massive hemorrhagic stroke and she passed a few days later. Unbeknownst to all of us, she had stopped taking her blood pressure meds months before. I'm glad she had come out to California three months prior for my wedding. Miss you grandma and love you lots. 🌹

  27. I had one 2 weeks ago and Im only 41. I went to sleep after drinks and had one in my sleep. It was a major stroke. It's not fun.

  28. I had stroke at 68 in my Doctor's office right across the hospital. They called ambulance and they recognized I had a stroke because one side of my mouth dropped. They worked on me b4 taking me to the hospital. I was paralyzed on one sight and I could not talk properly. They were people all up and down my bed working on me. By the time I was taken to my room I was nearly able move from my gurney to bed by myself. My speech started coming back. Now, 4 years later I have few problems, mainly when I am tired with my speech. I am also tired most of the time. My Dad died a stroke at 70 after having several strokes previously and died at 54 with a heart attack and stroke so I wonder if it is inherited at least somewhat.

  29. I remember how it all started some years back. That night I started having some funny sensation on my legs only to wake up the following morning to discover I hardly could move my legs. I quickly rushed to a hospital. But two days later, the doctors referred me to Mayo Clinic, where I was diagnosed with a partial paralysis. Immediately treatment started. For several years I was receiving treatment there without improvement. It was a friend after seeing my health condition who suggested I should see a herbal doctor, who is specialized in roots and herbs healing powers. Since I had tried orthodox medicine and it failed, I reluctantly yielded to his advice, and we contacted Dr. Adebola via email address, and i explained everything to him. He said i shouldn't worry that he will prepare some herbal medicine for me in less than 3 weeks, that i will be able to walk again. He gave me some instructions which i followed, and he prepared the herbal medicine and courier it to my door step via TRANSWORLD COURIER COMPANY. And today is the 16th day, and am already walking. I can't thank you enough for the miraculous job you did in my life. Let us all join hand together to fight this paralysis disease. Please you can also contact him via his email address: [email protected] Or [email protected]

  30. post-stroke: "…part of the brain dies…" so… I now have a chunk of dead meat, rotting in my skull? (have presciption 10mg vinpocetine + 30mg Nicergoline + 200mg acetylsalicylic acid)

  31. My mom suffered a massive stroke at 38 the day after birthday it has almost been a whole year on October 21 it will be a year I was the only kid in the room at that time my mom is married to a woman my other mom (her wife) was telling me to go get one of the adults in the house to help my moms last words before she was out of it we’re I will always love you then she started slurring her speech at the time I was in 6 grade I had good grades with a couple Cs before this happened when I went back to school on Monday I was a reck I was calling home every single recess to see how she was doing one day as I was at home I called my mom the one that was not suffering and I heard something that brought me to tears she said to my mom “Hey sweety your in the hospital you had a stroke” she went into surgery the day she had her stroke to remove some of the skull she was in the icu for a week or two then down to the hospital area then she had surgery once the swelling went down to put the part of the skull back in so she went back to icu after she was a bit better she went to rehab she came home she didn’t die she is starting to walk more her arm needs a little work but she is doing way better today like this comment to encourage her to keep fighting and if you or someone you love has went through this experience

  32. check out my new post about (STROKES: APHASIA) and how I cope with it.

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  33. My husband had a stroke, and was having disappointing recovery. I was able to research brain plasticity and so many topics on this site, and I desperately wanted to find something he could use to stimulate the neurons in the brain, but he couldn't use so many of the things, because of a brain stent. he still was having problem with drop foot and kept falling, but from all the research I did, i found a comment of a stroke patient testifying of how Dr. Adebola helped her recover from stroke completely, after disability of 2 years. With his roots and herbs healing power. So i also contacted Dr. Adebola via email address, and he gave us some instructions and also courier some roots and herbs (herbal medicine) via TRANSWORLD COURIER COMPANY. With a manual for assumption, which we followed accordingly. And today is the 9th day of assumption. And my husband is already walking. Please let's help anyone around us, going through this suffering. You can also contact Dr. Adebola via email address: [email protected] Thanks for reading.





  37. I had a hemorrhagic stroke at 19 years old. I was just sitting and felt a pop in my head. Turned out to be a ruptured aneurysm. This whole experience has really showed me how precious life is

  38. my husband has stroke on Nov. 23. 2018 and  I am  hoping that he will do  the same attitude I never stop giving him the courage and support. I am very worried  that he has depression, mood swings and anxiety that I have observe everyday.

  39. Mary Brown : You need to get some "Lechethin" a soy product made in a thick Liquid or as a granule. The granule works well in a base of orange juice, say 2 tablespoons to start…. Then afterward just one tablespoon every other day. Have some good fats in your diet. It emulsifies fat so your body can use it. Keep having it in your skip a day diet. When your body gets enough of what it needs it will know. Eat as healthy as you can, get rest, de- stress, do things you can enjoy. Eat a bit of most everything unless you have a really bad allergy. You are giving yourself things it needs. With this it can heal itself. Keep Lechethin in your diet till you heal. Then only take it occasionally…May God Bless you with a healed body.

  40. In 2016 I had a stroke from high blood pressure. And in May I was discharged from the hospital, because I didn’t know anything from a stroke or how I was going through life. I had to learn everything by myself.
    It’s 2019 now i only went once to therapy and I remain with slow speech and no use of my left side. I can only walk with a walker without it I’ll fall. I wish all this information was at hand then maybe I could have prevented this stroke. And my life could have keep going. Any help would be appreciated.

  41. Amazing stories people. So thought I'd write mine. I have my stroke September 15th 2008 at 17 paralyzed on my right so 3 months in hospital learning to walk and talk. Then after that two years on have testicular cancer then drunk heavily for 2 years then after 5 years all clear I went to Spain for 6 months learned the language a bit. Then just back from South America after 8 months but I'm still trying to improve function of the right arm and I'm living at home and terrified of relationships so that's my story.
    Good luck everyone.

  42. I had no idea I was having a stroke. I had many TIA's before my full stroke. Some of my stroke symptoms were vertigo and vision loss. I told my story on my youtube channel of what is was like before during and after.

  43. I had a stroke at 22 years old. 5 years ago I wear a AFO brace and a knee brace on my left leg. For foot drop and weakness. I work on my feet 12 hour shifts and by the end of the day I can’t hardly walk at all. Not until I came in contact with a herbal traditional doctor (dr.Ogie) on . every one on std forum where talking good about his herbal medicine, how he has helped them get rid of there various strokes. I reluctantly contacted him, and order for a herbal remedy for stroke, he surprisingly sent it via FedEx courier service. I followed every instruction on the body of the medicine, within 2 weeks of medication I was observing a change, the outbreak was suddenly disappearing. Since then dr Ogie herbal medicine has been my supplement , I don't even fall sick anymore, his medicine helped boast my immune system. Am for ever indebted to dr. Ogie. He uses his acquired nature's wisdom for the cure of stroke, diabetes and other diseases.

    For help you can reach him via his private mail at [email protected]

    Best wishes.

  44. I cried thru whole video I have several a stroke on right side and it has changed my life God bless everyone going thru this I no longer take advantage of nothing every day is a blessing to me

  45. My mom just had a stroke this weekend. She started rehab today. I really hope she can recover as well as these people did.

  46. Had my stroke at 21 I'm now 30 left arm never came back alive I had a blood clot in the brain which was token out before it busted I'm lucky to be alive it's been hard living after that

  47. most people looking at this are stroke victims, as I am,. It is not so nice, albeit true, to hear it could have been avoided.

  48. I had two aneurysms/haemmorhagic strokes at the age of 4 and a half in 1969 in Burbank California. I wish this would have been presented to me then. This may have helped me. I am completely independant, but it have been nice to try this experiment. David Barban

  49. This video is really good at helping you understand what its like having a stroke. I didn't have all the symtems of a stroke but I had quite a few. I got to the hospital on time. But my directions on how to care for myself afterwards were mostly up to me to find out about like thru videos like this one.

  50. My sister and I have a genetic clotting disorder that was diagnosed after she had an ischemic stoke and I an arterial blood clot. I think it explains a lot about deaths of others in my family. I'm trying to stay alive for sister but if she dies first I'm right behind her. No one should live this life.

  51. At:1:33, The usual things our Dr's tell us, that will give us a higher risk of stroke are : High Blood-pressure, High cholesterol, Diabetes, Smoking, no or low exorcise in our lives, of which I had none of these issues in my life and still had a stroke, in March 2015 at the age of 51. I asked my Dr; what caused my stroke : he said : I don't know, it's just one of those strokes that just happens to some people, and I/we can't give you a reason for it (this answer made me think hard about my life and where it was going)

    So I say to you people out there, "Please Think About Your Life, And Where Is It Taking You : Heaven Or Hell ?" and I say to you "Please" get right with God Almighty and His Holy Son Jesus/Yeshua Messiah, seek Him while you can and repent of your sins, because you do not know what tomorrow will bring you :

    Will it bring you : Life more abundantly in Paradise (John 10: 9-11) through faith in Jesus/Yeshua Messiah; Or :

    Will it bring you : Death and the second death in hell everlasting (Revelation 21: 7-8)

    I pray you will seriously consider what I say here to you to day, and get right with Jesus/Yeshua Messiah while you still can, Amen.

  52. I am 34 years old, a wife to Bakers and mummy to Ava and George. I was a lawyer but have been a stay at home mum for nearly nine years now, which is slightly scary. I have loved it and I would count it as a job because I have worked harder at home than I ever did anywhere else. What happened to me? I was going to say that I have recently become disabled. It’s actually five years ago, now so it isn’t that recent, but it still only feels like yesterday that I felt I had a burst AVM. A lot of other people have explained it a lot better, so I am not even going to attempt if you want to know more type ‘Arteriovenous Malformation’ into any Internet search engine. In search for a better health I came across people talking of Dr. Adebola on the internet, on how he uses herbs to treat so many chronic diseases, I was reluctant to give his herbal fomular a try. At first it was like a miracle to me and my loved ones, I later realized that it was the miracle powers in his herbs that help my brain cells to function normal, after 5 years I now have my health in order, I now do everything I couldn't do while I was disabled, am so grateful to God and Dr Adebola, I can't thank him enough so I pray his nature's knowledge be multiplied to help reach out to more people in need of a stable health.

    I want people to think about the HEALING powers in nature's herbs, If you have already had a stroke then I appreciate this might be too late but carers and loved ones should think about this in case something similar happens or had happened to them!

    Reach out to Dr. Adebola, message him via email [email protected], or whatsapp via: +19292018600

    Best of luck.

  53. I'm 19; and I suffered a stroke a month ago paralyzed from my left side now I'm doing there's an only use a cane to walk long distances still can't move my left fingers but I try my hardest Everytime . Sometimes I cry and ask myself why I had a stroke but I guess it was a wake up call for me from God I had a crazy lifestyle messed up sleeping schedule drinking smoking partying no o eat healthier I'm 19 very young that's whatshelping me

  54. Stroke fatigue was the hardest part for me to understand and overcome and depression at first because of lost memories just couldnt access Cbds help me in Daily live But Thank God Im here im alive

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