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I went to wait with my father in the hospital while my mother was having cancer related surgery. Thanks to the crazy world we live in, there is tight security at the hospital. I walked up to the security desk with my limp and my cane. The woman who took my photograph asked, “Oh, what did you have, a hip replacement?” She was much older and very kind (I could just tell). I said, “No, I had a stroke when I was 35 years old, and pregnant with my son who is now 19 years old.” I always have to add that part to the story because otherwise people assume the baby died. Judy was aghast. She said she got the chills. She stood back and just looked at me. She was amazed I had walked into the hospital after having gone through that.

Young stroke survivor, mother, champion equestrian, tambourine player, storyteller,

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