Troy Hodge had a stroke at 41, two years later he details a story some don’t live to tell.
There are some who believe people in their 40’s aren’t supposed to have strokes. Well, tell that to Troy Hodge whose sudden change in health shook up his entire world.
“I am what I like to call ‘new stroke.’”
Hodge was getting ready for work that unfortunate morning. But something didn’t feel right. Convinced he needed to take blood pressure medicine, he walked into his bathroom, and was suddenly brought to his knees.
He tried to pull himself together. However, all the young father could manage was splashing toilet water on his face. That’s when the room began to spin, and everything went black.
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“I don’t remember that much after that…” the then food service director explained. He collapsed on the floor. A co-worker got worried when he didn’t show up for work. She went to his house and found him on the floor. Hodge says he remembers telling her not to let him die.
He woke up a day later in the hospital unable to move his entire left side. He had suffered from bleeding within the substance of the brain caused by high blood pressure.
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Now on his road to recovery, the 43-year-old is working part time at an exercise facility for the disabled and defeating the odds. He has done what doctors have thought to be impossible by regaining some muscle control. But it is a day to day struggle that he and his daughter are willing to face.
Even though what happened to Hodge was rare, doctors are reporting that strokes among 15 to 44-year-olds are on the rise. A few risk factors are obesity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes and lipid disorders.
As Troy said, “You don’t think of things you can do until you can’t do them.”
Take care of yourselves!
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