I had my first ichemic stroke was in 2004. My 6th ichemic stroke was in 2007, about a month ago.
After the first stroke I had absolutely no outward signs. Sometimes I needed a cane, sometimes I would go without.
Strokes 2 through 5, still the same thing. I had ambivalent feelings about the whole thing. A friend, who a stroke about 6 years ago, is confined to a wheelchair and has not talked to date. He has had one stroke. After five strokes I was walking around, acting quite normal.
Last month I had #6. Things changed... this time it changed my brain around a bit. I had aphasia. I could understand what was being said, but I had my problems with language. I had problems with speaking the words and with just finding the right words. It really irritated me that I had all of the words and sentences in my head but they would get lost by time they got to my mouth.
The other problem is typing. My fingers will not type what was is in my mind. I often misspell and and I seem to type some words twice in a row.
All and all, it is quite interesting. I am learning a lot.