Surviving a Stroke

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

Nearly three quarters of a million people will have stroke this year.

That's all of the people in the Brazos Valley, more than twice over.

According to the National Stroke Association nearly half a million of those strokes could have been prevented.

One local family has been hit hard by the debilitating disorder, and it happened in just an instant.

"I just thought I had a migraine headache, when the ambulance got there they said they could tell I had a stroke," Stroke Survivor Carolyn Clifton said.

"She couldn't grip her hands like they asked her to, and that's when they knew," Casey Munk, Carolyn's daughter said.

For the past two months Carolyn has had to re-learn many of the basics we take for granted.

"You have to learn how to re-walk again, just like a baby and it's hard because my left leg is paralyzed too, but they're moving now," Clifton said.

However it's not only Carolyn's world that has changed drastically in the past two months, so has her daughter Casey's.

"She has to help me get ready, get dressed, because I can't really get dressed by myself," Munk said.

Carolyn was used to caring for her daughter Casey who has Spina Bifida.
However, now Carolyn is the one that's having to rely on her daughter and parents for support. It's that support that's making Carolyn stronger every day.

"I have a strong will to get through it. I know I'm going to get through it somehow," Clifton said. "It's been rough, it's been real hard.

Carolyn has no health insurance, so to help offset her health care costs a fundraiser is taking place in her honor.

Saturday night at 6 p.m. head out to the Sons of Hermann Lodge 99 in Bryan. There you'll find a catered dinner, silent auction, and even some entertainment.

Proceeds benefit Carolyn.

The National Stroke Association provides some of the following stroke prevention tips:
-keep blood pressure in check
-if you smoke, stop
-if you drink, do it only in moderation
-exercise daily
-limit sodium and fats in your diet

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