My Story

How my life changed forever!

On September 13, 2010, I got home early in the morning, after driving my aunt to the airport. When I got home I felt that I had a headache. I’ve had headaches before so I thought it was nothing. I thought I just needed to go back to sleep. After tossing and turning for about 15-20 minutes, I sat up on my bed. My headache was getting worse! I felt my head was going to explode! Luckily, my brother happened to be working from home that day so I called down to him. He came up and asked me what was wrong. I told him my head was hurting really bad! Neither one of us knew what was wrong with me!? So, after speaking to my father (who was at work in Walnut Creek) on the phone they decided to call an ambulance. Within minutes the paramedics arrived at my door. They calmly asked me what was wrong. I was able to answer. But, by the time they could ask me a second question my face had already drooped and my right arm and leg were completely paralyzed! I thought it was the end for me! I wanted to tell my brother that I loved him and my parents but I couldn’t make our the words! I thought i was dying! Before the paramedics were able to put me on the gurney I was unconscious! I was told, by my brother, that they had to strap me into a chair and carry me down to the stretcher! I was brought to UCSF and was in the ICU for 11 days! The doctors did not give me any chance at survival! Saying, that if I did make it, I’d have to live in a convalescent home with 24hr care for the rest of my life…luckily, they were wrong! After 4 long months in the hospital I was able to go home! I’ve been in a wheelchair, to a quad cane, to a single point cane, to today NO CANE! There is so much that I am thankful for! My parents, my brother Brian, the rest of my family and close friends for being by my side through all of this! Also, to all the doctors and nurses for all they’ve done and are still doing for me and most of all I’d like to thank God for with whom I don’t know where I’d be…I thank you all from the bottom of my heart! The road to recovery is a long one…but I will make it! ❤ #ucsf #stroke #survivor #september132010

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Lloyd Velasquez @ (415) 298-6430

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