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The On-Air Advocate

Jun 1, 2021

As we continue our spotlight on Stroke Awareness Month, I am so excited to welcome, Josie Rupnick, Stroke Survivor, American Heart Association Volunteer.
Josie Rupnik suffered from a massive stroke in 2012, when she was just 36 years old. She had just traveled 16 hours by car, from Florida, back home to Wisconsin. During that trip, she developed a blood clot that traveled up through an undetected hole in her heart and into her Carotid artery.
Luckily, her family was able to spot the stroke quickly, and she was rushed to the hospital. After the stroke, she had to re-learn how to sit up and walk on her own, but since then, has made tremendous strides in her recovery, both mentally and physically. Josie was the picture of health, participating in 100-mile bike rides, when she had her stroke, so she wants people to know that they can happen to anyone.
Time is key when it comes to stroke treatment. For many strokes, the right treatment, right away, can save lives & improve recovery, so it’s important to get help F.A.S.T, and look for these signs and symptoms: (F)ace drooping, (A)rm weakness, (S)peech difficulty, (T)ime to call 911.
Listen in as Josie shares her personal stroke story and why time is so important when suffering a stroke.