I’m so glad I came across this blog post. One of my good friends had a stroke 6/1/16 at the young age of 35. The stroke was so bad that the doctors had to remove part of her skull to let her brain swell. It left her left side paralyzed. We were so scared that she might not be the same person when she became conscious. After a few days in ICU she came to, but she couldn’t talk so she would blink or squeeze your hand to answer questions. I made a smart ass comment that made her stick up her middle finger at me and everyone breathed a huge sigh of relief…..our girl was still there. After 5 days in ICU she began her fight back to normalcy just like you did with the OT, PT, and counseling. She had to learn to not only learn how to use her left side again, find the words to form sentences, but to depend on others for her round the clock care. The latter was the hardest because she had been so independent for most of her life. She battled back and made such great progress that we (family and friends) were so happy and we thought the worst was over. In late August the doctors decided to put her missing skull back in place. The surgery went well and she left the hospital and after a few days went back to the nursing home. On 9/29 she suffered several seizures and had to be rushed to the hospital. After brain scans the doctors found that another stroke was the cause of the seizures. This time the stroke was on the left side of her brain. The doctors said they would know the extent of the damage after the seizures stop. She never woke up again. She worked so hard to get back to normal and it hurt so much to see her in pain and then motionless after that last stroke. I just remember saying “she’s so young” and “who has a stroke at 35?” over and over again. She wasn’t suffering from high blood pressure and she and I had been on this fitness journey for the last 2 years where she had lost at least 70lbs. She changed the way I viewed strokes. It’s not just something that happens to older people. She put strokes on my radar. She passes away on 4/1/17 at the age of 36. She was the strongest and inspirational woman that I know and I miss her so much. A stroke forever changed our lives and I am definitely aware of the warning signs of this condition.