More Then Half of Her Is Gone

 After her massive stroke in Dec2004 it has been a struggle every day for all of us. She had so much brain damage and it's still a daily struggle for her to do so many things that before came so naturally. She has never been a patient person so she is constantly trying to rush and not wanting to do the stuff she needs to do to stay active. She is doing so much better then the doctors had thought she would though. We lost half of her and in 2004 and I fight every day to keep the other half. It's never going to be over for me and I will be forever pissed off that they didn't help her before it was too late. People especially women need to be tested so much earlier for all possible blockages and preventative measures. She had 4 mini strokes before she was diagnosed and set up for help it kept getting passed off for nerve issues and neck/muscle pain. She had slurred speech and I assumed the hospital/DR would recognize something was wrong. In reality strokes are misdiagnosed ALL THE TIME especially in women!!! I want to do something to help other people not have to go through what our family is going through. Mom is way to young to have half of her life ripped away from her at 51 and it just doesn't make any sense she didn't get as much help as she needed and they don't have enough for patients her age and her severity. People in their late 30s and up could help prevent what happen to my mom. Actually anyone should get tested. Especially if you have any/or all of these

Family history—history of high cholesterol or heart disease in close relatives, particularly if occurring before age 55 in women or 65 in men. If the family history is not known, a cholesterol test is recommended, especially if other risk factors are present.

Being overweight or obese—when the youth’s body mass index (BMI) is at or above the 85th percentile, cholesterol testing is recommended. The BMI should be calculated at least once a year by the youth’s health care provider. For an obese youth (one whose BMI is at or above the 95th percentile), laboratory tests to measure cholesterol levels may be recommended every 2 years.

Consuming excessive amounts of cholesterol, saturated fats, and trans fats

Diabetes mellitus

High blood pressure (hypertension)

Smoking cigarettes



BeTheBestMe BeTheBestMe
36-40, F
2 Responses Feb 26, 2009

This can be difficult to deal with; also difficult to pay for. When my Mother went into Adult foster care, I was responsible for paying the bills. Hope you have more help, both physically and financially than I did.<br />
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God Bless You and your Family.