I'm back on Tedy's Team for Falmouth 2019!!
I just can't stay away! After running in this year's Boston Marathon with the team, I was hooked! Running for such a great cause is so motivating and I couldn't imagine doing it for any other team.
I am a stroke survivor. That has been a very hard thing for me to admit over the last 3 years. In February 2016, I suffered a stroke. It was the day after my 25th birthday. I experienced loss of motor skills, numbness in my right side, and a headache. Fortunately, I had no lasting deficits. I had no idea how many people suffer from stroke, and I was in complete denial that I was now one of them. Frankly, I was embarrassed and afraid that this was going to affect my entire life, especially since I did not know the cause of my stroke at the time. In the days following, I found out my stroke was the result of a hole in my heart known as a patent foramen ovale (PFO). All of a sudden it hit me… “didn’t Tedy Bruschi go through this”? After having surgery to get my PFO repaired on Marathon Monday of 2016, I was determined to do as much as I could to raise awareness for the signs of stroke, just like Tedy.
I worked on ships at that time and would go to the Gulf of Mexico every other month for 28 days. I found out that Tedy’s Team was doing exactly what I wanted to be a part of, but I was disappointed to see that I would not be home for the 2017 Boston Marathon. I was excited for my next opportunity! However, life threw a wrench in my plan. In March 2017, my dad was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was strong and fought hard, but suffered a severe stroke, due to some complications, and passed away on November 2, 2017. I spent 2017 focusing on my dad and the rest of my family, but my father’s stroke reiterated how important this research was. I was accepted onto Tedy’s Team in 2018 as part of the 2019 Boston Marathon Team and just recently as part of the 2019 Falmouth Road Race Team! I couldn’t have been happier to not only run for myself, but to honor my dad’s fight. Tedy’s Team is full of amazing survivors and caregivers and I am beyond proud to be part of it. I hope to spread the signs of stroke to as many people as possible so we can raise the awareness that stroke does not discriminate, and timing is everything!
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