My name is Saj and I am a stroke survivor. This is my story about life after my stroke. Throughout my posts, I will be talking about my journey, setbacks, and how I have adapted and moved forward.
On November 29th, 2012, I had a stroke due to a carotid artery dissection, caused by heading a ball during a soccer game. The signs and symptoms did not show up right away, but a few hours after the game I ended up at a friend’s house where my left leg went numb. This was followed by my left hand going numb, and then right after, my speech became slurred. At this point, my brain had started to swell and I was in a lot of pain.
My friends called 911 and I ended up at St. Michael’s Hospital, where they had to perform an emergency decompression craniotomy to save my life. After the anesthesia had worn off, I woke up with a
nasogastric (NG) tube in my nose and an oxygen mask with no clue what had happened to me up until the doctors informed me that I’d had a stroke. At that point, realizing I had been given a second chance, I decided right there that I was going to make the most of my life and make a difference. Where there’s a will, there’s a way became my motto. A few days later, I was stabilized and transferred to Toronto Rehab as an inpatient to begin my recovery.
Welcome to my world as I am on the road to recovery. You will see me on many adventures of how I am exploring different forms of treatment, adapting to life after a stroke, and moving forward.