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Lisa Deck, Rhode Island & Massachusetts

My name is Lisa Deck. Most people I encounter don’t know that I am a three time stroke survivor. My first stroke occurred when I was just 21 years old, one week before my college graduation. Most of my friends...

Robert Zimmerman, New Jersey

Pitman Police Chief Robert Zimmerman believed himself to be a healthy 46 year old: he doesn’t smoke or have diabetes and he had normal blood pressure. He did have a history of high cholesterol, but that had been addressed years...

Pam Coleman, New Jersey

I was born with a congenital heart valve defect which was detected at birth. I had three open heart surgeries by the time I was 30. My first surgery was at age 7 to repair my valve. Unfortunately that was...

Melinda Murray, New York

On October 5, 2009, my only child, Dominic Murray, a seemingly healthy 17 year-old, collapsed on the basketball court at Farmingdale State College during a pick-up game. After attempting a lay-up he took three steps and collapsed on the court....

Erin and Kathy Lanni, New York

During the spring break of my freshman year at Providence College I was scheduled for a physical with my new doctor as I was transitioning from the care of my pediatrician.    I wasn’t worried. I have always been an active...

Isaac Landry, New Hampshire

 

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Share Your Story: Catherine R.

Catherine, Washington I was 39 and had just done my personal best in the Danskin Triathlon two weeks earlier. I was at work and suddenly the world started spinning and I collapsed on the floor. For a week, my symptoms...

Share Your Story: Karen D.

Karen, Washington One morning at age 37, just four months before my wedding, I started to feel dizzy and tired; an extreme headache came on; and I lost feeling on my left side. I had no known risk factors but...

Share Your Story: Holly C.

Holly C. Vancouver, Washington A stroke didn’t ruin my life, it changed it. When I was 32 years old and eight months pregnant with my first child I awoke in the middle of the night and the left side of...

Laurie Stephenson, Rhode Island

I am a wife, a mother of three teenage children, a business woman, a group fitness instructor, a church volunteer, a RI legislative advocate, and my most proud accomplishment, the one that has allowed me to achieve all of the above - a Survivor of...