She was in the hospital overnight and went on a picnic the next day.
Soon, she was jogging, as a replacement for strength training, which
she couldn’t do for six weeks. Today she is back teaching six fitness
classes a week.
The experience has taught her several things.
“First, be in as good a shape as possible, because you never know
when something’s going to happen to you,” she said.
Second, heart disease truly can strike anyone.
She now is a walking — or running — advertisement for that point.
Recently, she was jogging with a friend who had complained of
chest pains. “But she said she didn’t think she needed to go to the
doctor because she’s young and healthy,” Tamsen said.
“And I kinda put up my hands and said, ‘Helloooo!’”
Most of all, however, Tamsen said she learned, albeit in a very
difficult way, that stroke survivors can thrive.
“The one message that I hope people can take away from my
experience is that stroke survivors can recover. There is hope,” she said.
Her why? “I advocate now for healthy living because a healthy
body will bounce back quicker from whatever malady occurs. I don’t
think most people realize how important it is to be healthy NOW,
before the storm hits.”
Everyone has a reason to live a longer and healthier life.
TELL US YOURS.
I hope people
away from my
is that stroke
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