A brain attack, more commonly known as a stroke, occurs when a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain is blocked. This deprives part of the brain of oxygen, resulting in injured brain cells. Stroke is a medical emergency. Chances of surviving a stroke and enjoying a full recovery are better if medical help is sought right away. If any stroke symptoms are felt, call 911 or the medical emergency number immediately. Do not wait for the symptoms to pass. A brain attack is as much a medical emergency as a heart attack.
Why do I write of such a thing? Most people who know me know that my sister Dana, suffered a brain attack whilst delivering her son Samuel Joseph in July of 2000. It was probably one of the most horrific times of her/our/their life.
One of my coworkers, who just came back from maternity leave - her husband has just suffered a brain attack. He is 48. My sister was 32.
Who knows the mind of God?
I am stunned by this news. My heart breaks at the challenges they are facing. I am flooded by memories and emotions of a time that I would rather not remember.