My Stroke Story – Stroke Awareness

Tomorrow is my one year stroke anniversary so I thought I’d do a little stroke awareness video and share my story.

#stroke #strokeawareness #strokeanniversary

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50 Comments

  1. Petra's Happy Place on November 21, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing that, Kayla. I am sure you were very frightened at the time. I appreciate the fact that you openly talk about this to raise awareness. It’s so very important.

  2. Linda: From My Self Care Studio on November 21, 2020 at 8:50 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience in order to help others. Your recovery is amazing and I love how you don’t let any obstacles get in your way of doing what you love.

  3. Sandra Grubbs on November 21, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks for taking the time to share details. Will be very helpful to a lot of people.

  4. Melissa Perez on November 21, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    SInce we are sharing this is what happened to my husband. This is some of the things that happened when my husband had his stroke. His left eye even swelled up. They gave him a 3% of living. He went to 3 diffenent hospitals due to the one in our area did not have the equipment to care for him, then they sent him to another but it was too invasive and life flighted him to the last hospital. He was in a coma for a little over a week and had to learn how to do everything over again. It was a brain bleed right in the front of the brain they had to dig and they clipped it. He had water on the brain so they had to put in a shunt in and then they had to replace it. The Dr’s did a great job. He is not 100%. But he is here.                             
    Altered Mental Status, Memory/ Cognitive Deficits
    Anterior communicating artery aneurysm – 4/24/2012
    Aspiration pneumonia
    Cerebral edema
    Coma
    Intracranial pressure increased
    Intraparenchymal hemorrhage of Brain
    TIA (transient ischemic attack)  2 mini strokes at age of 21
    Seizures 7/15/12,  8/16/12, 3/5/13, 6/2/13
    _R VPS revision
    Feeding tube placement – 4/27/2012 (inserted)  6/2012 (removed)
    Blood & Plasma Transfusions – 2012
    Anemia while in hospital – 2012
    Weakness in arms & legs
    Dizziness
    Coordination Problems
    Right Shoulder Fracture (Humerous) due to seizure -3/5/2013  Also dislocated both shoulders they relocated on own but only RT Intrasubstance tear of supraspinatus tendon on right shoulder.      
    Dislocated both shoulders and they relocated themselves happened when he had a seizure                                            
    Stopped Smoking  – 4/24/12
    Stroke – Aneurysm (clipped) 4/24/2012 had a Subarachnoid hemorrhage (RT) frontal ventriculostomy,  (LT) frontotemporal craniotomy with clipping of ruptured aneurysm. (LT) hemicraniotomy, peg placement, tracheostomy, VP shunt  placement, microsurgical fenestration of laming terminal is to create third ventricular cistenotomy, placement of bone flap was in the abdominal subcutaneous tissue, hemicraniectomy with aneurysmectomy of clipped aneurysm, 13 hours after clipping aneurysm had a 3 inch blood clot repaired 4/25/2012.

  5. Fiber Fox Studios on November 21, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m so glad you are doing better! Sharing this video. It could save someone’s life. ❤❤❤

  6. Kris Bragg kb1901kb on November 21, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Thank you for sharing. My oldest sons girlfriend had a stroke 4 years ago at age 30! If we didnt get her to the hospital when we did she wouldnt be here now. Her carotid artery was 80% blocked. She had tohave surgery to clean it out. She is permanently disabled as her mind isnt quite right. She cant remember things and confuses words. And she has no feeling in Her one arm. If she holds something in it she will drop it because she forgets its holding something.

  7. Susan M on November 21, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Kayla thank you for sharing your story. I am so glad you are doing much better.
    ~Your yarny friend Susan M from New Hampshire

  8. Julie K on November 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing! Good to hear others symptoms, because as you said, people may not experience the typical symptoms.

  9. Cindy Kinney on November 21, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Hi, Kayla. You are just an amazing lady to not only go through these awful scary health issues but then share them with us to bring awareness. You are such an inspiring lady. I hope you’ve had a great Sunday. I hope you have a wonderful upcoming week as well, my friend.

  10. Julie Wright on November 21, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I want to thank you for giving the information on your symptoms. I’m so worried when I feel like having something going on

  11. Melissa Perez on November 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Here is some information. FAST (STROKE)
    FAST is an acronym used as a “mnemonic” to help detect and enhance responsiveness to the needs of a person having a stroke. The acronym stands for Facial drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulties and Time to call emergency services. It is important to get to the hospital quickly. The FAST was created to expedite administration of intravenous TPA (tissue plasminogen activator) to patients within 3 hours of acute stroke symptom onset. 
    Facial drooping: A section of the face, usually only on one side, that is drooping and hard to move. This can be recognized by a crooked smile.
    Arm weakness: The inability to raise one’s arm fully.
    Speech difficulties: An inability or difficulty to understand or produce speech.
    Time: If any of the symptoms above are showing, time is of the essence; call the emergency services or go to the hospital.
    Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech.
    Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes.
    Sudden difficulty walking or dizziness, loss of balance or problems with coordination.
    Severe headache with no known cause.

  12. madonna ballard on November 21, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I’m so happy that you are so much better Kayla!!

  13. SonyaEvans SouthernComfortCrochet on November 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us. So glad you’re ok.❤

  14. Ooh Aah Crochet on November 21, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    Well I won’t forget that date Kayla that is my daddy’s birthday! I am so glad you are doing better now and back then that they got to you right away! OOH AAH honey!!! BIG SD HUG

  15. Beth Tatum on November 21, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I had two strokes in May… I woke up and was unable to speak, it’s scary when you loose such a basic ability like that. So glad you are doing well now.

  16. Angie Strasser on November 21, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    So glad you’re ok. My mom had her first stroke in March and all she had was a headache. She has short term memory loss from it. In August she had a larger stroke and was paralyzed in her left arm and leg and was blind. 2 months later she has full use of her left side and 50% of her eyesight back. Still has short term memory loss but she goes to therapy 3 times a week and next week she goes to an eye doctor that specializes in eye sight loss. Her sight loss is her biggest obstacle right now.

  17. cyndy moelter on November 21, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    I really appreciate the signs of a stroke. Sooooo glad you are okay.

  18. Jerri Brown on November 21, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    Thank you for sharing 😍🥰

  19. Nancy Strand on November 21, 2020 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Kayla,what happened to your fingers ?do you crochet?

  20. Kitty Glanz on November 21, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    This is my first video to watch of yours. Lynette at CharmdGrammyCrochet told me to watch you, I am going blind from Macular degeneration and learning to loom! I loved your info on stroke! Bless you!

  21. The Crafts Enthusiast on November 21, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Thank you. My former manager had a stroke in front of me but refused to allow me to call 911. 🙁 Due to my anxiety disorder, sometimes my words come out jumbled or I can’t remember words.

  22. Sherley Levesque on November 21, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Thanks for the awareness video. Glad to hear that you were able to recover from your stroke. You can’t really tell that you had one. Some people’s faces never totally recover after a stroke.

  23. Hi Its Kris on November 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    So glad you came out of it great and not disabled from the stroke. Wish I had something to blame my terrible memory on too lol ❤❤❤ Kris

  24. Kim Scott on November 21, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    So glad it wasn’t worse. Thank you for spreading the info.

  25. Patterns of Life 12 on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    My mom has had a few tia’s. So I am always on alert for symptoms

  26. Alaska Crafty Gal Victoria on November 21, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    I love that you did this video! I too had a stroke when I was 32. Mine was a blood clot. Long – Looooooonnnnngggg. story short. I was diagnosed with Factor V Leiden mutation. They believe that is what caused the clot in my brain.
    I was the same initially…. I didn’t think “stroke” first…. it wasn’t until I saw my face after my young children couldn’t understand what I was asking them…. To me, it was perfectly understandable but my daughter who was 15 said:”Mom, we can’t understand what your saying, you’re talking funny and your face is weird”
    Thank you for sharing your story Kayla ❤️ ~ God Bless 🌻🌺🌸💜

  27. Paula D on November 21, 2020 at 9:20 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us. We like to think of ourselves as being yarn gurus, but we are just humans and our bodies sometimes work against us. It must have been so scary for you and your family. Thank goodness you are doing better now.

  28. Mary Ann ONeill on November 21, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Glad you are better, dear.

  29. Allison S on November 21, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I had a massive stroke in 2013 at age 28. A chiropractor manually cracked my neck and I had the stroke days later. I woke up one day with a massive migraine and could move my right side but had no idea how and had no strength at all. I can work part time but have only had health issues ever since. Thankfully, I got approved for SSI the first time. The dr at the hospital actually told me that I caused “whatever happened” to me! I was fortunate and didn’t get aphasia.

  30. Gracie Kanalas on November 21, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Kayla. So glad that you received medical attention quickly and recovered. 💜

  31. susan lentz on November 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. You’re amazing 😍

  32. The Knitting Dog Nanny on November 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Scary! Aging is an amusement park ride. 🤣 I love you and loved the awareness video. I think it’s very important to educate on the progression of diseases. Doctors don’t tell you everything. I think they don’t want to scare you. I always appreciate awareness.

  33. Roselikescrochet B on November 21, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing Kayla. Glad you’re doing well 💜

  34. Jammin with Yarn. on November 21, 2020 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Tonia Deakin Crochets Anytime on November 21, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story. You can never know how it will help someone else. I’m glad everything worked out and you were able to get to the hospital so soon. God Bless!

  36. Kim Phillips on November 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Do they know what caused the stroke and mini stroke? I just want to say you look fabulous! And thank you so much for doing this video. I love you Kayla. 💗💗💗

  37. Kathy Lawrence on November 21, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing this to help others, I am so glad that the tine released medicine is helping and there has been no further strokes or symptoms. Stay well you are needed.

  38. margaret dombkoski on November 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Heartfelt thanks for sharing your story with us. It sounds very scary. But, knowing what happened to you and that you have mostly recovered is reassuring for all of us. I think most people who have stroke symptoms don’t seek help soon enough to get the medications to dissolve the blockage. This is a good message that we shouldn’t wait when things don’t feel right, but to get to the ER as quickly as possible. Your story may help to save many lives:)

  39. Nancy Strand on November 21, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    Hi, born with glaucoma eye condition lost one eye to it wear glasses.my stroke was when I was 32,I rode my bike to my local library threw up there,went home to sleep ,woke up ,i thought ihad flue,then in the middle of the night I had to to to the bathroom I fell the next thing I knew my hubby took me to hospital I was transfered by ambulance to Toronto had tests done MRI ect and found out it was a stroke lost the side that I write with.went to rehab for learning how to walk and talk.I have been there done that,now I cancrochet..breast cancer at age 50 this was two years as go.chemo no thank you. Have a nice evening Nancy from wasaga beach,Ontario,canada

  40. Dorothy Bolden on November 21, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Than you for that video I had my stoke last year to….got the speech problem… Left leg limping…. Dribbling….but can now use my knitting loom and crochet a bit…am going to try toys on the loom or my singer machine like aldi one……bless you I am 86 but coping OK….love your videos I watch them all the time…..love Dolly

  41. Crafty Yarn Owl with Darla on November 21, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Thank you for sharing your experience and for talking about this very important topic. I’m so glad you are doing better❣

  42. Monica Buch on November 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story🤗

  43. Kerryn Wright on November 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness, that would have been scary Kayla!🙁 Praise God for doctors, nurses & all of the medical personnel who save lives every day!🙏 I’m thankful you’re doing as well as you are.🥰 Blessings from South Australia💕🐨

  44. Leave It To Lefty on November 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Last year while finishing up with dental hygienist appointment, my dentist came in to check me out. he was getting ready for hip replacement surgery and I was sharing my husband’s recent experience with it. As the dentist was about to put the sharp probe in my mouth, he hesitated and had a strange look in his eyes ( he was wearing a mask). then i heard the tool clatter to the ground and knew something was wrong. i got up and the hygienist and i removed his mask as he slumped down on the stool. i asked him the questions–hey doc, smile for me? he couldn’t. hey doc, stick out your tongue? he couldn’t. i told the hygienist i thought he was having a stroke and she immediately called 911. we kept him calm until paramedics arrived and life-flighted him to metro trauma center (40 miles) where he had surgery to open blocked vasculature in his brain. He had been taken off blood thinners to prepare for surgery and it is believed that could have caused the stroke. NOTE: Never abruptly stop blood thinners, even baby aspirin!! At any rate, 6 months later he was back at his practice and the hygienist and i got a huge thank you for quickly identifying stroke symptoms. i felt i was at the right place at the right time

  45. Honey’s Yarn And More on November 21, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    I had bells palsy which can mimic a mild stroke like droopy face and couldn’t drink, liquid just fell out of my mouth, head ache. It was weird but thankful it wasn’t a stoke.

  46. Sandra Antonucci on November 21, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Thank you Kayla for your stroke story with us. You are a sweet and thoughtful person to share that with others. Thank you again for bringing this to our attention.

  47. Cyn's Crafting World on November 21, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Glad that you have recovered. It’s great to watch you videos.

  48. bridget Queens crochet & knits on November 21, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I hate having the MRI with contrast it makes me feel really weared and I can’t breath and when they inject me I can taste the medicine it’s so nasty …bless you I hope you never have to go though that again

  49. Kathy Douglass on November 21, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Thank you Kayla for this video. Very helpful and good to know. Kathy 🏈

  50. Cindy Lillard on November 21, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Hi Kayla, Thank you for sharing. I finally got a loom….

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