The Lean On Me Stroke Podcast
At 32 years old, Jessica “Jess” McNair never saw stroke as a problem she would have to face. To her, strokes happened to the elderly or people with multiple risk factors. However, one morning she learned that strokes can happen to anyone. Jess woke up unable to see and experienced what doctors described as “cascades of multiple strokes.” The prognosis was bleak and Jess’ team of doctors predicted she had a five percent chance of living. Her road to recovery started with a grueling schedule of occupational, speech, and physical therapy.
Today, Jess feels fortunate to have had a successful recovery process—one that she attributes to maintaining a positive attitude. She’s also quick to point out the support of her sister and caregiver, Kate, and rehabilitation team. No individual or family is ever prepared to fulfill the role of a full-time caregiver, but Kate stepped up. Together, they continue to work towards Jess’s independence.
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