14 inches by 11 inches
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On Thursday, March 7, 2013, at the age of twenty-five, I suffered a hemorrhagic stroke due to a birth defect, something known as a brain AVM. I had no symptoms leading up to the brain bleed as often happens. I did not know anything was wrong until I attempted to venture out of bed. My left leg buckled beneath me and I fell. I was unable to get up because the left side of my body was paralyzed. I was able to call my Dad, who is the funeral director in town. My second-floor apartment is contained within the funeral home building, and so my Dad was close by. He called 911 and soon after I was airlifted to the Hershey Medical Center via LifeNet. I underwent an emergency craniotomy, the removal of a portion of my skull to relieve the pressure and swelling on the brain.
I stayed at the Medical Center for one week before being transferred to the Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, where I stayed for six weeks. I was discharged in late April and moved back with my parents for over one year. In all I underwent five procedures in 2013. The bone-flap (skull piece) was reattached in June. In August it was discovered that my body had rejected the bone-flap and needed to be removed s second time. In November 2013, I underwent my final surgery – a plastic implant was used to fill out my skull. Each year I went back to Hershey for an annual cat-scan. Last year, the five year mark, I underwent an angiogram, and at the conclusion of that I was told not to return for five to ten years.
God performed a series of miracles on the day that I suffered a stroke, or as I refer to it – an interruption. My life was interrupted, but much of what I lost on account of the stroke ( a weakening of my left side) has returned. I continue to see progress and experience improvement. God had every one in place I needed that day in 2013. God still performs the miraculous. He does answer prayer. He heals and restores. He is good and faithful. A life verse of mine is Psalm 118:17 (NLT) – “I will not die; instead, I will live to tell what the Lord has done.”
I have a book available that recounts my initial journey – Life Interrupted: The Story of A Young Stroke Survivor, if anyone might be interested. The book costs $15. I also have three poetry books, $10 each.
The poem excerpt – The poem is entitled “My Steps”
I will send you a link via messenger that should allow a reader to read the entire poem if they so choose.
I opted to redefine the tragedy,
to push through it and to sort through the emotions attached to it to learn and grow, to adapt,
but I never seriously thought to quit dreaming,
to put my ambitious goals to bed
it may have crossed my mind momentarily,
but I know that with God, all things are possible
seemingly impossible situations must bow to the Truth
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