This month, we would like to introduce you to You're the Cure Advocate, Gale Scott.
Gale grew up in a small farming town in Southeast Arkansas, and has lived her whole life in the Natural State. She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, with a degree in physical education and a minor in speech. Gale taught and coached for three and half years before returning to college to get a degree in physical therapy from the University of Central Arkansas. Gale has always participated in athletic endeavors, first high school and college basketball and then running. In fact, she has completed three marathons and numerous half marathons!
Gale worked as a physical therapist for 35 years, primarily at Baptist Health Rehab Institute. During this time, she treated many stroke victims, as well as patients with other associated heart diseases. Then, at the age of 55, Gale became the patient. She had a stroke with left sided paralysis. She has since regained all movement, but still has residual weakness. Luckily, she was able to return to her work and running.
Gale retired at the age of 62, and now devotes her time to her family, which includes her husband, two sons, their wives, and her new grandson. Furthermore, she spends her time as a passionate advocate for the American Heart Association, including serving on the Arkansas Acute Stroke Care Task Force and chair of a Public Education Subcommittee. Her life's work has been focused on helping others. As an advocate, Gale is continuing that work by helping others understand and recognize symptoms and risk factors of heart disease, primarily stroke, and instilling in others the understanding of taking personal responsibility for their own health.
Thank you, Gale, for the work you do!