I have been trying to raise awareness for Carotid Artery Dissection, Traumatic Brain Injury and Stroke Prevention. I had a life threatening car accident just before my qualifying race for the Boston’s Marathon in 2008. I nearly suffered a massive stroke, had a stroke, and three traumatic brain injuries. In addition, I also trisected my left carotid artery. Born without my right carotid left me with a 5% chance of living. After my stent placement surgery, I was told I had a week, then a month, then two months, and now had my fourth “new” birthday 10-10-12. Every couple months, I hear about people whose stents are rejected or recalled due to other complications. Just recently, I learned there is now a relationship between brain injury and brain cancer. I need help to raise awareness on so many levels. I hate hearing about those who have given up or are too scared to live with their stents, tbi’s or stroke.
April 22nd. 2013, (to raise awareness) I will be running from Stewart’s Beach in Galveston, Texas home to Minnesota! Please look at my running tab, closer to the date of my run, to see my official route! Suggestions are VERY welcome!!! I welcome any advise! ~Ally