In most cases, being a survivor is better than being a victim, but arguably, not in this case. The immense pain and unrelenting heartache of a stroke lies in its aftermath, not in the injury itself. One goes through so many unbelievable challenges, large and small, as a result of having a stroke.
There are many myths and misconceptions about stroke. As a survivor, I have learned that stroke is largely preventable, treatable and beatable. An easy way to recognize the sudden signs of stroke is to remember the acronym F.A.S.T.
I write this not only in honor of World Stroke Day, but for the millions on people who are forced to live World Stroke Day every day, and for those who will one day be forced to adjust their lives to a new normal.
The word "stroke" conjures images of a bolt out of the blue. No one ever imagines that they will have a stroke, much less that it might happen as a result of a chiropractic treatment for neck pain -- but it does.