I am 22 years old and in my fourth year at Northeastern University in Boston, where I’m a member of the soccer team. A little over a year ago, during a team run, I suffered a stroke that affected the right side of my body. Getting to the hospital fast helped reduce damage from the stroke.
My balance, coordination and some of my motor skills were affected. I had to relearn how to write, walk and run. With months of hard work, I was able to play soccer again with my team.
Before my stroke, I was healthy and athletic — and I had no idea what the warning signs of stroke were. I thought strokes affected older people. I want people to realize that a stroke can happen to anyone.
Earlier this year, I was awarded the “Heart of Our Mission” award from the American Heart Association for the work I’ve done to educate others about stroke. I love the work I do, and I’m rewarded by knowing that I can potentially help save a life.