Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Make a Difference!

As many of you know, it's been almost a year since I had a stroke. I am constantly amazed at how for I have come. But this isn't just about me. 

Stroke is the 5th leading cause of death in the United States, killing 130,00 Americans every year. 

A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, someone dies of stroke.

Every year, about 800,000 people in the United States have a stroke. About 610,000 of these are first or new strokes; 185,000 are recurrent strokes.

Although stroke risk increases with age, strokes can—and do—occur at any age. In 2009, 34% of people hospitalized for stroke were younger than 65 years. Don't think it can't happen to you. 

In a 2005 survey, most respondents—93%—recognized sudden numbness on one side as a symptom of stroke. Only 38% were aware of all major symptoms and knew to call 9-1-1 when someone was having a stroke.

Patients who arrive at the emergency room within 3 hours of their first symptoms tend to have less disability 3 months after a stroke than those who received delayed care.

So why am I telling you all this? Because I know that I have been so blessed and I want to in turn make a difference in the Stroke community. May is not only my one year anniversary of being a stroke survivor, but it is also National Stroke Awareness month. 

With the help of Rhonda Miller at Perfect Promotions, we have created a t-shirt about stroke awareness. These shirts will be for sale for $15 with the proceeds going to the National Stroke Association. The money donated to the National Stroke Association will go to increase awareness about stroke and providing life saving information as well as helping to impact survivor empowerment and stroke community quality of life. Adult sizes small-3x available and two shirts to choose from!

The easiest way to order, will be to send me the money on my PayPal account address at To do this, click on the pay or send money tab at the top of your PayPal Home page then click send money to friends or family. On the next page, type in my email ( and the amount you are paying then click next (please add $2 to your total if you want it shipped). On the next page, in the note section, I need you to write your name, size, which shirt you want (because I care or for someone I love) and mailing address if you would like your shirt mailed to you.  If you don't want it shipped you can pick up your shirts when they are completed at perfect promotions on Lehman Avenue in Bowling Green KY! See me often? I can also take your order and payment in person. The LAST day to order these shirts will be Thursday May 7th! Don't want a shirt, but still want to support the cause? You can do the same process to donate any amount, just write donation in the note section. Don't have any extra cash to spare? You can also help simply by sharing this post! 

I am so excited about this opportunity to make a difference in the lives of stroke survivors as well as helping to spread more information about stroke awareness to save lives! Thank you so much for being part of this with me. 

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