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.
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.
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.