It's been quite a while friends...since I have blogged. It's been a tough 6 months and I have struggled with depression and increased anxiety. I am very hopeful...little by little I feel better and I keep busy. Recently, I had an issue with a charge from Microsoft so I called and spoke with a gentleman who transferred me to Payments and billing. I talked to a nice young man named David. He had a pleasant accent, maybe British. I set about explaining my issue...this can be difficult for me and the person I am talking to because I have a lot of difficulty communicating clearly and calmly. So in the middle of a pretty difficult bit of stuttering I explained That I had a stroke 5 years ago and it is sometimes hard to get out what I'm trying to say but please be patient I would get it out. David said "I completely understand and I mean literally....I had a stroke 8 months ago". I was surprised but of course felt a kindred spirit as we talked for a moment. I asked him how he was doing and he told me he had lots of therapy at first and now is down to once per month. That he was very lucky and has had a wonderful recovery so far. He is still on disability but works as well for Microsoft. He said they had been wonderful at accomodating his needs and he was very thankful. David told me it may have been stress from the work he was doing at the time they weren't sure. After speaking and swapping stories we realized that both of us had been misdiagnosed during the acute phase. We were surprised at how similar our stories were and had a moment of mutual connection. David asked "May I know your age?" and after telling him I reciprocated the question. David was 23 when he had his stroke. Myself, I was 43 when I had my stroke. Even at my age they said over and over she is too young to have a stroke. That same reason was why David's stroke was not caught even though he had typical FAST signs. He had a cerebrum stroke on one side and that is what causes the FAST symptoms. I had a rare weird stroke that didn't fall into the FAST acronym but my age was also a deterrant to diagnosis. I told him his youth was such a great thing for his recovery and that I was so happy he was doing well. I had all but forgotten why I was speaking to him to begin with. There was a long silence and then David spoke saying "I do not want to start crying and I feel it coming so maybe we should talk again about business". I reassured him of course that is what we should do and thanked him for sharing his story with me.
I realized while starting another blog that I never finished or posted this one. It's not complete but I'm leaving as is and posting anyways. I had forgotten this until I read it again!