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Marlene’s Story: Facebook was her Friend

Marlene's Story: Facebook was her Friend

In treating a stroke, time is brain. Because treatment must be administered within 3 to 4 ½ hours to be eff ective, one of the first things a doctor or EMT must do is determine the moment when the stroke began. For Marlene Grimes, 82, playing card games and replying to Facebook posts on the…
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Paula’s Story: Clot-Retriever Success

Paula's Story: Clot-Retriever Success

No one ever wants to suffer a stroke. But when Paula suffered a major, life-threatening stroke in September 2013 while working at a local deli, one might say that her timing was perfect. First and foremost, Paula got to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center quickly and in time for effective treatment. Paula’s manager realized…
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Doug’s Story: Stroke Survivor

Doug's Story: Stroke Survivor

It was a weekday evening like any other when a friendly customer service representative named Doug became the ultimate customer. His need? Stroke services, A to Z. Doug, a self-described overweight former smoker with high blood pressure and diabetes, was trying out a new exercise routine in his living room when, at 5:25 p.m., his…
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Richard’s Story: Ruptured Aneurysms

Richard's Story: Ruptured Aneurysms

Almost three years ago, Richard “Dick” Watson, MD, found himself in an unfamiliar position for a doctor: lying on the operating table instead of standing over it. He didn’t know it at the time, but it was the beginning of a journey that would take him from intensive physical therapy to being recertified to be…
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Zettie’s Story: Aphasia

Zettie's Story: Aphasia

In November of 2004, Zettie Williams confronted what neurologists consider one of the most feared consequences of stroke. When a therapist showed her a photograph of her son, she knew she was looking at her son, but she couldn’t say his name. Ms. Williams was suffering from aphasia, a language impairment that makes communication difficult….
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Dick’s Story: Ischemic Stroke

Dick's Story: Ischemic Stroke

As a firefighter who attends regular EMS drills, Dick Koeniger was well versed in the signs and symptoms of stroke. While driving home with a friend one evening last June, he suddenly noticed that his peripheral vision was slightly impaired. Odd, he thought. Was it related to the tension headaches, right behind the eyes, that…
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Jeff’s Story: Ruptured Aneurysm, Airway Reconstruction

Jeff’s Story: Ruptured Aneurysm, Airway Reconstruction

Jeff’s remarkable story has two parts: recovery and reconstruction. He doesn’t remember the first part — the recovery from a ruptured aneurysm. But he vividly remembers the second part — the reconstruction of his airway. He is living the followup to his story now: back to work full-time as an engineer, back to volunteering at…
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Christine’s Story: Stroke

Christine's Story: Stroke

There was a sliver of a chance, maybe, and most likely the emergency room doctor thought there was no chance at all. Christine had arrived at the community hospital comatose, brought by her parents, who had come home after working out to find her semi-conscious on the floor. A CT scan revealed severe bleeding in…
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    • Zettie’s Story: Aphasia

      Zettie's Story: Aphasia In November of 2004, Zettie Williams confronted what neurologists consider one of the most feared consequences of stroke. When a therapist showed her a photograph of her son, she knew she was looking at her son, but she couldn’t say...
    • Christine’s Story: Stroke

      Christine's Story: StrokeThere was a sliver of a chance, maybe, and most likely the emergency room doctor thought there was no chance at all. Christine had arrived at the community hospital comatose, brought by her parents, who had come home after working...
    • Paula’s Story: Clot-Retriever Success

      Paula's Story: Clot-Retriever Success No one ever wants to suffer a stroke. But when Paula suffered a major, life-threatening stroke in September 2013 while working at a local deli, one might say that her timing was perfect. First and foremost, Paula got to the University...
    • Doug’s Story: Stroke Survivor

      Doug's Story: Stroke SurvivorIt was a weekday evening like any other when a friendly customer service representative named Doug became the ultimate customer. His need? Stroke services, A to Z. Doug, a self-described overweight former smoker with high blood pressure and diabetes, was trying...
    • Marlene’s Story: Facebook was her Friend

      Marlene's Story: Facebook was her Friend In treating a stroke, time is brain. Because treatment must be administered within 3 to 4 ½ hours to be eff ective, one of the first things a doctor or EMT must do is determine the moment when the stroke...