Stroke....


Stroke doesn't only impact the elderly. Strokes occur in more young people than you might think. About one third of stroke patients are between 20 and 64 years old. From that population, stroke incidence has jumped nearly 25 percent in recent years. Even babies can have strokes before they are born.

Some famous people have had a stroke. They include;

• Charles Dickens

Charles John Huffam Dickens (/ˈdɪkɪnz/; 7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. He created some of the world's best-known fictional characters and is regarded by many as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

Some stroke survivors are locked-in after a stroke. Locked-in syndrome is a rare condition that most often occurs after a basilar artery stroke. A basilar artery stroke is considered the most devastating stroke, especially if someone survives from it. People who have had a basilar artery stroke can have paralysis from head to toe, hence where the term “locked-in” came from..

Stroke kills more women than breast cancer. In fact, in the U.S., statistics show that nearly 41,000 women die from breast cancer each year, while over 82,000 women die from stroke each year. Women also have a greater risk for stroke than men, with approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke each year.

Charles Dickens.


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  1. So many illnesses, strokes included, show very little prejudice and attack at will.

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    1. I feel sorry for the babies who get a stroke before they're born. What the hell...?

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  2. We should never take our life for granted, but we do.

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    1. We take a lof things for granted, Lee. We're not perfect, we're only human. Of flesh and blood we're made.

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  3. Those statistics on stroke vs breast cancer really surprised me. And in our community we recently had a child who had a stroke at birth. Like EC said, illness doesn't discriminate. It makes for a difficult life for those affected.

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    1. It's hard to believe and accept that strokes can happen to kids so young. It's not really fair when it happens to anyone, of course.

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  4. Scary statistics. I knew that about women too. We can only do our best and live as well as we can while we have it.

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    1. If people want to take the risk of smoking, they have to realise what COULD happen to them, Rain.

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  5. My mother died from a stroke in her early sixties. She did not even survive to the next day.

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    1. I'm sorry to hear that, John. Life is a strange bedfellow.

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  6. This is so true. A stroke can happen to anyone at any time!

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    1. That is why our knowledge of the condition is so important. Everyone - or so it seems - gets affected by the effects of strokes. There is a life afterwards but it takes patience and understanding to deal with it.

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  7. I thought for sure I left a comment yesterday ... anyway I was just saying that there's a child in our community who had a stroke at birth. Like EC said, no one is safe from random illness and disease, and there's a lot of luck involved, good or bad.

    I'm glad you got a follow widget in your sidebar! Or has it been somewhere all along and I just didn't see it? It's so much easier to have new posts show up in the blog feed than to keep checking! I never know what new layout to expect when I visit, Terry :) lol

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    1. Hi Jenny, the blog is finally coming together. I'm not sure that you'll be pleased with the format of it but I hope you are. It's

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  8. I didn't realise that babies can have strokes before they are born.
    There are so many illnesses that impact lives, and we never know when (or if) they will strike. Of course they not only affect the individual but family and friends too.
    Life is not easy for many and sometimes vital support which may help is not readily available, or you have to fight for it.

    Take Care Treey, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. The help is there if you need it Jan. SALT decide what you eat but they base everything on their assumption. The trouble is it's not based on fact. We're treated rather badly and, very often, our rights are taken away with no accountability to anyone. Thanks for posting.

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  9. My brother had a stroke at 47. It's completely changed his life. His speech is affected but he's fortunately got most movement back. I didn't know that about Dickens.

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    1. Hi Katie, I'm sorry to hear about that. I hope he gets better. Some people will. I had a stroke which put me in a wheelchair for good. They asked me what activities I'd like to do. I said "parachute jumping...without the parachute!". It was a tongue-in-cheek remark but was said in frustration at the thought of my predicament.

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  10. I am glad that i haven't had a stroke. You have to be very brave to endure such an event. It's a shame that medals are not awarded to stroke victims for their valour in the face of adversity. Dickens never finished "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" because of a stroke that ended it all in 1870.

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    1. Hi YP, you've got enough inside of you to handle a stroke. Firstly, you need a sense of honour to put up with all of this. That is something you possess. Next, you need a caring family who administer help where it is needed. They're vital. You have a lot of pain to deal with. I know I make a song and dance about it but you have what it takes.You have to get used to loneliness on a daily basis too. You have everything going for you.

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  11. Hi Terry :) Just stopping by to say hello! Things have been busy up north...I harvested my potatoes! :) The weather is terribly cold though. Hope all is well! :)

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    1. Hi Rain, everything is ok thanks. I've seen your potatoes 🥔 and they look great. It'll be interesting to see what you do with them. All is well here. I've started a vegetarian diet which has surprised some people but I'm like you in that I like a challenge ahead of me.

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  12. Having a stroke, I'm afraid of having another every day.

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    1. Me too, Bob. There are no guarantees in life, though. We can only hope and pray for better times ahead.

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  13. Hi, Terry...I think I fear a stroke more than any other type illness...being olden, I have high blood pressure so try to take my meds every day, keep my weight down and TRY to eat healthy (yep...I know biscuits aren't good for me ..Boo !)
    I smoked for a very long time...but stopped 14 years ago.
    A good blogging friend just died of a stroke ...

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    1. Hi bj, sorry to hear about your friend. Having a check on your blood pressure is always important to prevent a stroke from occurring. There are things you can do to help like giving up smoking or reduce the amount of salt you have. Follow a sensible diet is good advice. All the best, Terry.

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  14. These statistics are both scary and informative. I've never worried about stroke because we don't have it in our family, but I could always be the first right? As BJ's family learned recently, life is elusive and just living your best everyday is all that you can do.

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    1. Yes, you could be the first. Sometimes it's in the hands of fate what will happen no matter what preventative measures you've taken.

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  15. Thanks for coming by my place...

    I was a teenager in the 50's so I know first hand what a great time it was...I graduated high school in 1956 and had the time of my life....
    Some Like It Hot with Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis was a pretty good movie...

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    1. The film also had Marilyn Monroe in it.

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  16. My kids went to school with a girl who had a stroke before she was born and my cousin's little boy had a stroke at 2 months. It's freaky to think that kids are born with these seemingly adult illnesses, cancer is another one

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    1. I hate it that the young have to suffer. It's not fair.

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