In May, I will be celebrating my 4 year anniversary since surviving a stroke.
My doctor was brutally honest with me. He told me on a Friday night that I “might not make it through the weekend”. I was so happy when I woke up that Monday morning. But my road back to health was a difficult one. With therapy, I had to learn to walk and talk again. My entire right side was affected and I had to learn to write with my left hand.
Additionally, I had bleeding in the brain which affected my thought process and memory. So, you can imagine how I felt when I could no longer sing… not even a note.
This is another reason why I feel that entering this contest is so very important.
However, I was just very determined to get back after the stroke that nearly took my life in May of 2008. It has been quite a journey but I’m able to walk now with no problems.
Since my recovery, I spend a lot of time reaching out to other stroke survivors by giving presentations on stroke recovery and helping raise awareness. I am an Ambassador for the American Heart and Stroke Association and, in November 2011, I have joined the Power To End Stroke Executive Leadership Team. Each day, I look forward to give of myself, even more.