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Stroke Awareness

Many of you are already aware that my father had a major stroke on January 6th somewhere between 3 and 5pm; it was a Friday.  He is currently still in the hospital, recovering in an amazing rehab unit.  Progress is made daily; it is encouraging to see continued improvement in his strength and overall function.  This was my first close contact with a stroke, and from minute-one I have been beside myself seeing how devastating, debilitating and de-dignifying they are.  I have also been beside myself seeing how adaptive the human brain is and how resilient my dad’s spirit is.

For further encouragement to him (and my family), I’d like to put together a little project to show him just how many people know about him and care enough to do something, even a small something.  For the price of a photo with you wearing it, I’ll send you a stroke awareness band (think: yellow Livestrong band).  Just email me your mailing address and I’ll send it out once the order arrives.  The photo can be composed however you’d like, just needs the band and the fish at a minimum.  You can email that to me once you have it.  It is at the least a great excuse to go fishing and catch something!

Once you dig into it, the facts about strokes are startling:

  • Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 140,000 people die each year from stroke in the United States.
  • Stroke is the leading cause of serious, long-term disability in the United States.
  • Each year, approximately 795,000 people suffer a stroke.
  • Strokes can and do occur at ANY age. Nearly one fourth of strokes occur in people under the age of 65.
  • High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for strokes

Being able to recognize the signs of stroke is important for everyone; immediate medical attention greatly reduces the long-term effects of the stroke.  The faster attention and intervention can be provided, the better the chances are for survival and recovery.  Do you know the signs?

If you’re up for a little awareness, support and–of course–fishing, send me a quick email with your address.  It may take a few weeks to arrive, so be patient.  Go organize a fly box or two and scout out some new water.  I’m extremely excited to start seeing the photos roll back in!



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  1. Posted February 9, 2012 at 8:46 pm | #

    My mother had a stroke many years ago. I had just come home from work during a blinding blizzard when my dad called said mom was acting funny and couldn’t move. I asked what the doctor said and he replied, she won’t go to the hospital until you say it’s necessary. (I was in law enforcement) Needless to say the ambulance arrived shortly after and took her in. Luckily, she recovered and lived for many years after. Funny now when I think about it, but terrifying at the time. Good luck to your dad, Will. I’ll take a bracelet.

  2. Schoolmarm
    Posted February 9, 2012 at 10:18 pm | #

    Will, great way for others to show support for your dad and everything your family is surviving! My sister had a stroke two years ago that was never properly diagnosed resulting in half her vocal cords being damaged.
    I will proudly wear a bracelet and will even go fishing because I love you dad so much.

  3. Posted February 10, 2012 at 3:58 pm | #

    Really nicely done Will. Bridget and I lost her grandpa to a stroke late last year, and know how hard they can be. Thanks for bringing awareness to something that we often don’t talk about. Sign me up for a bracelet.

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