Personal Narrative: My Second Stroke

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“Jessica, please go to the principal’s office,” is already scary enough to hear. Seeing my mom sitting up front in tears made it worse. Hearing that my dad had a stroke at the age of 43 was shocking. Understanding that he might need brain surgery made me cry. Just when I thought that was frightening, almost exactly two years later, my dad suffered a second stroke. He might not make it, they said, and for over a month, he couldn’t even say one word. That’s what made me think about the choices we make when it comes to our health. At 45 years old, my father had already suffered two strokes, what was in store for me? That’s when I realized that being healthy is not just an option for me; it’s a way of living. Why did my dad have two strokes so young? Was it just all genetics? Yes and no; his mother just had a stroke a year before his first, and his grandmother had several strokes before she died in her early 60’s. So yes, genetics played a massive part in it. However, my dad had a hemorrhagic stroke, which was different than the strokes that his mother and grandmother had. Prolonged high blood pressure, due to an unhealthy lifestyle of poor eating habits, lack of exercise, and excessive weight gain, was the tipping…show more content…
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