Stroke claims another victim…

For those of you that grew up in the ‘90s, this news should strike a chord. Luke Perry, 52, aka Dylan McKay passed away early this morning from a massive stroke! I grew up watching this show and to see a member of this cast die from a “massive stroke” hits too close to home.

A little over 8 years ago, I suffered what was called a “massive hemorrhagic stroke” that left me in a coma for 11 days! I was admitted to UCSF and was there for a couple of months. From there I was transferred to CPMC where I stayed for an additional month and a half! There I re-learned how to read and write (with my opposite hand). I was in a wheelchair for about a total of six months! With the help and support of my brother, Brian Velasquez, and my parents I was able to get up out of my chair and walk. Albeit an extremely short distance at first, I kept trying everyday. To this day, I am still recovering…

This tragedy that occurred this morning just goes to show that a stroke can happen to anyone at any time! Be safe and take care of yourselves and remember these simple steps that may save a life…

Balance – Is there a sudden loss of balance or coordination

Eyes – Is there sudden blurred or double vision

Fast – Ask the person to smile. Is one or both sides of face drooping?

Arms – Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one side drift downward? Is there weakness or numbness on one side?

Speech – Does the person have slurred or garbled speech? Can he/she repeat simple phases?

Time – Call 911 for immediate medical attention if you notice on or more of these signs.

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