Thursday, May 19, 2011

More Should Be Done

I was saddened to hear of a friend's mother's passing from a stroke yesterday. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family. Her passing reminds me that not enough is being done for victims (especially victims under 60 of strokes).

I have been reading up on Stroke Trials. There seems to be a great amount of research being done which no doubt makes me happy and I hope makes you happy to. I just recently found out that drug trials can cost from $500 million to $2 billion! All this for drugs that may never see the light of day. Candidates for a new drug to treat a disease might include 5,000 to 10,000 chemical compounds and from that, typically 10 of these will qualify to test on people! 10!

Imagine being a scientist working on these drugs. You could go your whole career and not see one single drug approved...Well, if they don't get discouraged, neither can we! There's something out there. We just have to keep digging.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Cutest Little Clot You Ever Did See

On a recent trip to the Hematologist, I came across this little critter on top of the receptionist's computer.
I guess every little laugh helps :)

I Made It

I'm 30.
I'm alive and well.
I can blow out candles.
I can dance, smile and laugh.
I'm 6 months after.
Dissection free.
Blood Thinner free.
Piece of mind.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


May is Stroke Awareness Month (As declared by George Bush in 1989)
Celebration! Throw the confetti up in the air and dance!

The face of stroke is you and me. Remember, anyone can get a stroke and up to 80% can be prevented.
It has officially been 6 months since I had my own stroke so today is my own stroke birthday. Happy birthday ischemic stroke, you didn't get the best of me!

Shout out to Liza who's also celebrating her 1 year strokiversary! Here's to health and being better and stronger with each passing day!

Today's Stroke Tip:
Women may report different unique stroke symptoms than men:
  • sudden face and limb pain
  • sudden hiccups
  • sudden nausea
  • sudden general weakness
  • sudden chest pain
  • sudden shortness of breath
  • sudden palpitations