Christy had a stroke in 2012. She remembers everything, but as if she was in a dream.
“I woke up in the morning and couldn’t talk or move my entire right side,” she recalls. When her husband saw she was struggling, he called the paramedics and Christy was taken to a Calgary hospital.
Christy had no known risk factors for stroke. She was young − only 48 years old and healthy, other than a recent bout with pneumonia. Her stroke occurred because of a tear in the lining of her carotid artery, one of the main blood vessels carrying blood to her brain.
After three weeks in hospital to stabilize her condition followed by inpatient rehabilitation, Christy was discharged and returned home. She reached out to a local stroke recovery group but found it difficult to relate to other group members as she was much younger.
Six months later she joined the Young Stroke Survivors of Calgary and began pursuing advocacy work through Heart & Stroke with a focus on women and young stroke survivors.