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What It’s Like to Have a Stroke at 39 – SheKnows

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

What It’s Like to Have a Stroke at 39 – SheKnows

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When Susan Wahlmann felt cramping in her left leg, she chalked it up to all of the dancing she had done recently at two weddings and didn’t think anything of it. But a week after that, she began to have trouble breathing. She went to her doctor and was sent home with an inhaler, since the doctor assumed she had asthma. Since she was only 39 years old at the time and in good health, Wahlmann wasn’t too concerned.

All that changed a week later, when she got up to go to the bathroom at 5:30am and couldn’t feel her right leg and had trouble breathing. “Then I tried to speak but I couldn’t, so I had to jostle my husband to wake him up,” Wahlmann says. “He recognized the signs of stroke because his grandfather had had one, so he called 911. I could think and understand but I just couldn’t speak. Then my right arm went as well. I was literally paralyzed along the right side of my body.”

Read more at: https://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/2067117/stroke-at-39/

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