As you know, May is "Stroke Awareness Month". I had a stroke May 8th, 2010, and against all the things the doctors told me and my family, he will never walk, talk, drive, or work ever again, I am living proof just what the correct medical attention, hard work during rehab and prayer can do. 6 weeks after being released from rehab, I made a trip to Missoula MT to walk my daughter down the aisle, which was my main goal of 30 days of intensive rehab at Providence hospital. In August 2010 I returned to work full time @ the Providence Neuro developmental Center for Children. As you know, there is a get together @ Washington Square, May 7th for "Streaks for Strokes" and I will be there to help spread the word about F.A.S.T. Providence recently features an article about me in the newsletter, the "Spirit". Really would like KATU to let the viewers know about this medical clinic, where you can come get your blood pressure taken and learn about strokes. Strokes are not limited to older people, overweight people or people who smoke, which I was all of those, but now havent smoked for over a year, lost over 100 pounds. I do deal with a paralyzed left side, but just lucky to be alive. Oregon’s stroke death rate, once the fifth-highest in the nation, has dropped to 12th place – and the rate continues
to drop. That’s thanks to better preventive care for high risk
patients, as well as quicker and better acute care for those
experiencing a stroke.

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