A Granddaughter Recounts the Stroke Her 'Papa' Had

Gracie Doran, 11, who once suffered a stroke, recalls when her granddad did, too.

My papa had a stroke when I was just a little girl. When I asked him about it, he said he was having some double vision for a few days and thought he was drinking too much coffee. 

He was going to go to the doctor, but he put it off.  That Monday at work, he felt very wobbly and couldn't hold paper.  He was having a stroke.

I am glad he is OK but wish he would have called the doctor sooner.

When I had , I had the same symptoms, and my parents called the doctor right away.  A blood hemorrhage in my brain stem caused my  stroke and paralysis.  I am still glad my mom and dad got me to the hospital right away; it could have been worse.

Also, did you know that May is Stroke and High Blood Pressure Awareness Month? Here are some of the warning signs of a stroke, according to the American Stroke Association website:

  •  Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg,  especially on one side.
  •   Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  •  Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  •  Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination.
  •  Sudden severe headache with no known cause.

If you have one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately.

Also, check the time so you know when the first symptoms appeared.  There are drugs that if given within three hours of the start of a stroke can reduce the damage caused by the stroke.

For really good information about stroke and high blood pressure,  go to strokeassociation.org.  That is where I got the information for my article. It was really easy to find.

Please pass this information to the people you love. It might save their lives.


CW May 17, 2011 at 02:32 AM
Hi Gracie. Great article and thank you for the info! . Acting fast is so important with strokes. I'm so glad your papa s ok! I look forward to your articles every week!!! God bless ..love you! Cindy
Kerry Stewart May 17, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Great article, Gracie. The information in this article could really help someone. My uncle had a severe stroke and ignored the signs. If he had known the symptoms of a stroke, he would have gotten help sooner. Thank you for this! Love, Kerry P.S. I hope your hand is feeling better, too. :)
abigail farrell May 17, 2011 at 04:01 AM
And another thing to consider, Gracie: if you think somebody might be experiencing stroke and want to become more sure, ask them to smile and/or lift their arms up in the air. The smile will be lopsided and the arms won't go up properly. The smile test is especially helpful if a person is already collapsed on the floor. While it's really rare for somebody your age to have a stroke, we oldsters are all vulnerable, especially if we have a hereditary predisposition to strokes (your papa and your great-grandmother). I am very conscious of stroke behavior for that reason, and your article increases everybody's awareness. Thanks for writing it.
Nicole May 17, 2011 at 05:37 AM
Great Artilce Again Gracie...keep up the good work!
Kristine May 17, 2011 at 05:39 AM
Hi Gracie Wow! What an inspiration you continue to be!!! You are the most amazing person I know or ever will know!! Thank you for sharing your stories and helping people become mor aware of stroke signs. Stokes can happen at any age... I've been hearing about too many case of people in their 40's having strokes, so thank you for the info. I know many people really appreciate it!!! Keep up the great work Gracie!!!!
bbm May 17, 2011 at 01:07 PM
thanks! this is very helpful information!
Cathie McGinnis May 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
Great info, Gracie! I will pass this along to friends and family.
Agnes McGlone Swanson May 17, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Thank you Gracie for helping everyone understand the warning signs of a stroke and the importance of calling 911. Most people do not realize that stroke is the number three killer in the United States. Thank you for doing so many positive things through your own personal challenge. Love, Agnes
Maureen Russo May 17, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Hi Gracie, Thanks for reminding us of the signs of stroke and the importance of reacting. I love following your journey and triumphs! God bless you sweetie!
tricia May 18, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Good job Gracie, every day you teach me something new!
Carol Long May 20, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Gracie...I'm a friend of your Aunt Tricia. I have had you on my prayer list for several months, asking God to grant you a full recovery. Your article is spot-on! Thank you for educating even us oldsters (I'm 66 yrs old) 'cause we haven't experienced some of the things others like you, have gone through. You're a terrific gal, and an inspiration to us all. I'll keep you in my prayers! Carol Long
Debbie L. Sklar (Editor) May 20, 2011 at 06:07 AM
Carol: Gracie is very special and we love her columns at Patch!
Leslie McLeod May 21, 2011 at 06:54 PM
Your articles are so informative and inspiring. No one is free from the dangers of a stroke, and unfortunately, most of us don't realize how many people are impacted by it. Thanks for all the work you do, Gracie. Love, Ms. Leslie
Courtney Fielder June 06, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Hi Gracie Thanks for the great information. Thanks for sharing your grandpa's story also. Keep up the good work on these articles! The Bailey's


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