Vandna Mittal — ‘Tough times don’t last, but tough people do’ – like this
survivor of a stroke when she was 15
Teri Ackerson — The numbness came first, followed by a droopy face. Then she couldn't talk. Teri Ackerson was having a stroke, and
she knew it. She also knew exactly what to do next. Her quick action helped speed her recovery, which allowed her to run a marathon 26 days later.
Jan Thomas — Jan’s post-stroke aphasia left her with the frustrating inability to express herself. “I
don’t want to say it’s the worst, but you can’t imagine not being able to talk.” Read her story to see how she's helping others.
Jenny Mason — `Stroke Hero’ perseveres to raise son delivered following her devastating stroke.
Melynda Rackley — Motivated by her desire to care for her daughter, a first-time mom overcomes challenges of a stroke she suffered during delivery.
Donna Arnett, Ph.D. — Past AHA/ASA President shares her stroke survival story at age 27. She wants other stroke survivors to know that you can get your life back!
Kirk Disrude — When Kirk was alternating between vomiting and sleeping following a stroke, his wife had one rule for visitors: No crying. A can-do attitude helped Kirk recover so well that he and
his wife ran the Chicago Marathon just 13 months after his stroke.
Penny Santoro — This ‘perky’ woman accustomed to working hard and caring for her family recovers from a stroke with the support of her grown children.
Tom Kloster — Only one doctor in North Dakota was trained to perform the lifesaving procedure Tom Kloster needed. Now, Tom is a You're the Cure advocate, working to improve access to lifesaving
care for all Americans.
Katherine Wolf — Although ‘Mommy’s brain got hurt,’ this former model remains upbeat and optimistic after having a massive brain stem stroke.
Artful Recovery — Survivor and sculptor Tesi Sanchez-Halbert creates whimsical sculptures that make you laugh. She says her sculptures have been a way
to validate her worth when she lost her job after a stroke at 48. Survivor and artist Gary Bachers uses his meditative drawings to communicate with the world
after a stroke took his speech at 38.
Beverly Paige — A stroke weakened her mind, not her will. At 52, she decided to head to college for some mind-sharpening English classes.
Due to his military medical training and his awareness of the American Stroke Association's public announcement "Time Lost is Brain Lost", George Peters was quick to recognize the signs
when he saw his neighbor take a spill in his front yard.
Chris McLachlin - A retired high school teacher and basketball coach who went on to become a passionate American Heart Association volunteer and whose efforts to improve the nation’s systems of
care and increase medical research landed him in the office of his most famous former player: President Barack Obama.
Four-time stroke survivor Mycle Brandy is walking across America. Read his amazing story to see why.
Katie Jerdee — This young college athlete suffered a stroke during a team run. Even though she had to relearn how to write, walk and run, she was able to play soccer again.
Megan Timothy: "Let me die laughing!" — When Megan Timothy had a stroke as the result of aneurysm,
she was sent to a state mental hospital. Her only words were “chicken” and some obscenities. Her amazing recovery, from learning to speak and read again to bicycling 12,000 miles around the United States, is sure to inspire you.
Yvette Fields, A Blessed Survivor — Even after suffering a series of strokes in 2002, Yvette feels blessed to be alive and has a greater purpose. She says "I have learned and
now I live.” Read Yvette's story and blog as she strives to live her life to the fullest.
Mark Acevedo — When Mark Acevedo had a stroke, he didn't call 9-1-1. He didn't have to. A fire captain in Ventura, Calif., he was already with the emergency response unit, fighting a wild-lands
fire, when his left leg gave out and his speech started to slur.
Nicki James (Petrelli) — Recognizing the signs, even when they're not divine! A previously undetected heart defect caused Nicki to have a stroke while at church. Today, Nicki is an avid runner
and participates in events in the Houston area to raise money and awareness to help stop stroke.
Catherine Romero — Catherine's stroke transformed her from a healthy athlete to a woman with severe disabilities. Now, not only is she a volunteer for the American Heart Association, she recently
completed a triathlon.
Sarah Abrusley — She was a a 29-year-old nonsmoking vegetarian and ballerina who worked out four hours a day when she had a stroke. This survivor calls her stroke a gift. Read her story to
find out why.
Rod McLean — For ten years after his stroke he anguished over his poor self-image, constantly comparing himself to himself before the stroke. His attempts to change that negative viewpoint caused him to realize how screwed
up he was. He felt as if he were fighting to keep from sinking in quicksand.
Survivors Under Age 18
Oliver Michael, Infant Stroke Survivor — Strokes can happen to the very young, even infants. Oliver Michael suffered both an ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke within his first 24 hours of life.
Mikey Dee, Stroke Survivor — Mikey's stroke damaged the ventral pons in his brain stem. This severe and rare kind of stroke left Mikey locked-in. Following the stroke, Mikey's friends got
together to see what they could do to help.