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I am compelled to write this book, to relate my experience to thousands of people in the United States who are affected by stroke, the number one cause of major long-term disability and the third leading cause of death by disease. Every sixty (60) seconds someone suffers a stroke and every three and a half (3-1/2) minutes someone dies from stroke. Each year, stroke hits six-hundred thousand (600,000) Americans, killing about one-hundred sixty thousand (160,000) of its victims and over one million survivors become permanently disabled. Stroke hits anyone - young or old.
Known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA), it occurred very sudden, in my case. There was no warning sign. It began with numbness and paralysis and in less than an hour, I was comatose. Stroke is not debilitating. But I believe that a victim has to fight. It is true that brain cells die and are not replaced by new nerve cells or neurons. However, the brain has the capacity to compensate the permanently damage fragments. The connected tissue can adjust some and the lost functions may be recovered through therapy and hard work.
The stroke-assault is devastating. The fact that it happened, I confronted it and refused to give in. I feel I am in control of my recovery. I mine the abyss of my mental power. This is my story.