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STORIES FROM THE HEART: She knew what to do when her husband, a TV meteorologist, struggled to say ‘nightstand’

Bonita Jefferies was relaxing in her bedroom, watching “The Bachelor” on TV, when her husband, Jay Jefferies, walked into the room. To her, his timing was unusual; “The Bachelor” wasn’t his type of show.

What really got her attention was when Jay – a TV meteorologist in Augusta, […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: It was `only’ a warning stroke; good thing she took it seriously

After teaching two fitness classes and attending another, 36-year-old Jessica Diaz was taking a shower when she felt a strange sensation shoot down the left side of her body.

Jessica particularly noticed the odd feeling in her left hand.

“It was like it was there, but it wasn’t mine,” she recalled. […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Michigan mom ignored the risks and suffered the consequences; now, after losing 130-plus pound, she’s back in control

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Sheri Lindsay was standing at the kitchen table, organizing pictures for her son’s hockey banquet, when her body delivered the ultimate wake-up call.

“I felt something pop in my left eye, and I immediately said to my husband, ‘I need to go to the hospital,’” she said.

Sheri […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Strong resolve leads stroke survivor from being immobile to hiking 7 miles

Amy Steinbrech spent the last night of 2012 with family. She enjoyed a glass of wine with dinner, then they all hung out and watched a movie.

Early on the first morning of 2013, the 40-year-old public relations specialist was in the bathroom and realized she couldn’t turn off the […]

Teen has gone from a stroke during art class to helping strike out stroke

Ryan Banks was sitting in his high school art class in Trenton, Ohio, when he began feeling funny. He texted his mom, Sherry, that his right arm was tingling and he felt confused.

Sherry recommended that Ryan go see the nurse. Meantime, Sherry headed to the school, thinking Ryan – […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: 26-year-old rebuilds life, golf game after stroke

The day before Thanksgiving 2009, Drew Sperling woke up looking forward to playing a round of golf with his dad.

The words he spoke to a friend that morning sounded slurred.

Then Drew lost consciousness.

He was bleeding inside his brain. He was having a stroke. He was also only 21.
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The friend […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Major strokes leads to major life changes – for the better

Owning a bar is tough. Owning two bars is tougher.

Owning two bars and a restaurant? Well, no wonder Andrew Fisher worked 18 hours a day, six days a week.

And did we mention he also had twin sons in diapers?

So when Andrew got headaches excruciating enough to force him to […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do’ – like this survivor of a stroke when she was 15

Vandna Mittal loved dancing and snowboarding. She played varsity tennis and took honors classes at her high school in Redlands, Calif.

When a headache disrupted the 15-year-old’s walk to class, she dismissed it.

“Who would think it was anything?” she recalled. “Just a headache – harmless.”

But Vandna began feeling confused in […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Surviving stroke is a sprint for this marathon runner

Last Memorial Day, Teri Ackerson finished a 6-mile run in preparation for her next marathon, went home for a shower, then visited a Starbucks for a latte with her teenage son, Parker.

Driving away, her grip on her coffee cup loosened as her left arm suddenly went numb. She felt […]

STORIES FROM THE HEART: Stroke limits attorney, but she’s fighting back – and helping others do so, too

It was the time of year when many people indulge with abandon. Attorney Jan Thomas resisted, though. On this Dec. 28, she was remaining fit by spending her lunch break in her office gym, just as she did two or three times every week.

A partner in a large firm […]