Strokes Can Happen Anytime, Anywhere

Just ask this news anchor or me for that matter.

Terry L. Cooper
2 min readSep 26, 2022
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I remember when I had my stroke in July. There was nothing dramatic about the situation. Just something was “off”. When I walked I would tilt to the right like I was drunk. My vision was blurry. I would try to speak but I couldn’t always think of the word I wanted to say and become frustrated. I called my Primary who sent me to imaging who sent me straight to the ER. Because of the stroke and the bilateral DVTs and PEs in May, I will now spend the rest of my life on a blood thinner. That in and of itself has its own issues.

Then I saw this news post on Twitter.

Julie Chin was quoted as saying,

“First, I lost partial vision in one eye,” Chin explained. “A little bit later my hand and arm went numb. Then, I knew I was in big trouble when my mouth would not speak the words that were right in front of me on the teleprompter. If you were watching Saturday morning, you know how desperately I tried to steer the show forward, but the words just wouldn’t come.”

Pretty much the same thing I had gone through. So people the old if you see something, say something doesn’t just apply to terror attacks or active shooter scenarios. Her co-workers were noticing what she was feeling and called 911.

So get your heads out of your devices, put your chin parallel to the ground and participate in life going on around you.

You just might save a life.