My BS stroke explaination

I guess I should explain my stroke more. I started smoking cigarettes at 15 and started taking birth control at 16. At the time, smoking was not a huge no no while taking birth control, so I  ignorantly continued. Life was going great ...and then March 17, 2004 happened, and my life changed forever. After falling while walking and speech slurring, my parents were rushing me to the ER. The smoking combined with birth control combined with me having a  kind of rare blood clotting disorder (only 2% of Americans have it) caused me to form a clot somewhere in my body and go to my heart. If it would have stayed there I would have died probably, but I have a patent foramen ovale (hole in my heart), and that caused the clot to go to my brain stem and cause a stroke. 

So the hole in my heart was an unknown stroke of luck.

That happened to me, but I don't want it to happen to you. Talk to your doctor and read this blog and others to get statistics and hear about my struggles and accomplishments! 

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