April 2, 2024

"My Stroke in the Fast Lane": Asked to be on "Survivors' Wall'" @ NYC Event

I would never have imagined this happening in my wildest dreams when I was in the throes of recovery from the stroke.

At this big hoopla event in NYC celebrating 100 Years of the American Heart Association and 20 Years of Go Red for Women, I was thrilled and honored to be invited to be part of their "Survivors' Wall." 

They asked for a 150-word blurb that sums up my experience as a survivor, my connection to "Go Red for Women," and my message to others in the community. Here goes . . .

"I was driving on Interstate 95 at 65 miles an hour when I had a stroke. (Everyone's worst nightmare!) I looked down and was mesmerized by my right hand shaking on the console. Luckily, my 86-year-old mother was in the car, grabbed the wheel, and crashed us on the side of the highway. I was left unable to walk or speak. In my memoir, 'My Stroke in the Fast Lane: A Journey to Recovery,' I reveal what it is like to be in the body of someone who has suffered from a stroke. After several hospitals and much physical, occupational, and speech rehabilitation, I was able to resume my magnificent life. In my book appearances, I discuss how cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women, killing more women than all forms of cancer combined. I support the American Heart Association and 'Go Red for Women' message: we must all educate ourselves about cardiovascular diseases and strive to live heart-healthy lives."

                      The beat goes on.

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