Featured Fitale Karissa

Featured Fitale Karissa Ancell and family

FFFC:  Please introduce yourself to our readers.

K:  Hi, I’m Karissa. I’m 30 and was born and raised in San Diego County where I still live. I’ve been married to my high school boyfriend for ten years and we have an 8 year old daughter Isabella.

FFFC:  At what age did you have your stroke?

K:  I was 25 when I had my stroke.

FFFC:  How long did it take you to rehab/recover?

K:  This is a hard question to answer, I’m as recovered as I will get but it will never be 100%. The first two years I recovered the most.  I was in the hospital a month and then did rehab in the hospital and at home for about 8 months. I also had to go to therapy to deal with everything for 3 years.

FFFC:  What helped you to recover?

K:  Being young and healthy was a big factor in my survival. Recovering was helped by good doctors, lots of support and therapy and time.

Karissa Ancell and family

FFFC:  Have you changed anything about your lifestyle as a result?

K:  I’m more aware of my health than I was before. I took being healthy for granted like most healthy people do. I go to the doctors more frequently.

I’m also a more positive person because I want to enjoy my life since I know now that you can never really know what will happen.

FFFC:  What advice do you have for someone who may have experienced a stroke like you and working to recover?

K:  Realize that it is going to be a long process. I wish I had been really aware of that in the beginning. Take your time and be patient with yourself. Get help from therapy and lean on others for support.

Featured Fitale Karissa Ancell and family

FFFC:  Where can our readers go to learn more about you and your story? 

K:  I write about my stroke sometimes on my blog. http://afreshstartonabudget.com/

Here is a recent post on my stroke and my marriage.

http://afreshstartonabudget.com/almost-dying-saved-marriage-week-2/

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