Catherine Gibson’s Stroke Survivor Story

Catherine Gibson
My Stroke Survivor Story:

All my life all I ever wanted to do was help people. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to become a nurse so I could do just that. In 2003 I graduated with a degree in Nursing from Spalding University. After working in the nursing field for several years I wanted something more, so in the spring of 2010, I began a new journey and went back to school to persuade a career as a Nurse Practitioner.

You never know where life may take you… Here I was someone who knew what I wanted from life and was working in a field to help others in need. I was in a new relationship with a very dear friend from my childhood and was only a few months away from achieving my goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner. Then in October 2012 it happened… I only remember what I was doing the morning prior to the stroke but nothing directly afterward. I was told that I had suffered a massive stroke and had several clots removed from the right side of my brain. I also had an adverse reaction to the clot busting medicine which caused excessive bleeding inside my brain. I was in surgery for several hours and when I came out from under the knife, my family was informed I only had a 2% chance of survival. My family was told to prepare arrangements for me but my mother said “NO, we will not do that because GOD has the final say”. It was a tough few weeks in ICU. Although I started to come around little by little the doctors feared I would not have a decent quality of life. They said I would not walk, talk, or be normal ever again. Well, I proved them
wrong…

My road to recovery continues to be traveled. I don’t know where the road ends but I’m willing to put in the miles. With GOD by my side I can do it because of his strength and his grace. It’s funny how this life works sometime, here I was someone who knew all I wanted to do was to medically help people, to becoming someone who needed to be medically helped.

I’ve had a lot of people who has supported me and encouraged me in this journey. One Stroke forward has made it possible for me to help regain my independence by providing the provisions for the purchase of the Bioness L300. This device improves my drop foot condition and enables me to securely lift my foot of the ground when I walk. I now can get back to being active independently at home, in the community, and just enjoying something as simple as walking again.

I’m currently going back to school to finish what I started. This is my story, it is not over, but continues….

 

 

 

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