When and how did you realize that you/your loved one was having a stroke?
A couple of days after stroke happened. At the beginning I was in coma for 6 hours, later I was confused. After couple of days, in a conversation with my doctor, I become aware what was I going through.
Can you tell us a bit about your life before stroke?
Before stroke a was a ,,300 km hour,, person. I was working and working and taking care of everything, I was doing not just my job, but also everyone else’s jobs at work and also at home. I was hyperactive and a lot of people were depending on me, since I was always optimistic and had solutions for every problem. Even heart surgery did not stop me for being so active.
What steps do you take now to prevent stroke? How are you working to reduce your specific risks?
What would you say to other people to make them take stroke prevention seriously?
Sometimes it is just enough to tell them my story, how my life turned upside down and I am just 49 years old. I can not be a ,,pillar,, in my family any more. Also I cannot do my job as a teacher anymore which I was enjoying. Everybody needs to be aware that stroke does not choose by age, it just strikes. And most important it can be prevented. I would tell them to ignore stress and worries and to live more peaceful and healthier life.
I would like to contribute in reducing strokes in my country. By raising awareness I am sure I can help. If people know their stroke risk and are aware of stroke consequences I am sure they will take more care for themselves. I would like to point out to everybody that taking care or their health for 1 hour a day means preventing years of disease.