In 2013, I had a mild stroke. I had no knowledge about strokes and I was terrified about what it would mean for my life as the mother of a 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. The actual incident of having a stroke was shocking. I experienced a shooting pain down the left side of my body, a massive pressure headache, and lost control of movement in my left leg. At the urging of my primary care doctor, I went to the emergency room and was diagnosed with having had an ischemic stroke.
After being admitted to the hospital, doctors told me that I would likely stay in the hospital or be transferred to a rehabilitation hospital for up to five weeks. They believed it could take a lot of recovery time to teach my brain how to move my left leg again. I was devastated at this news. Fortunately, the next day, I regained movement of my left leg, and four days later, I was discharged. My doctors attributed my being in good physical condition as a major factor in my quick recovery.