COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The month of May is Stroke Awareness Month. A young Mid-South mother of three who recently suffered a stroke is telling her story.
Doctors want people to realize that strokes aren’t just affecting the elderly. Young, healthy people are suffering from them too.
Collierville mom, Stephanie Buntin, has some strong advice for everybody.
“This is real. Something may be going on, but I probably didn’t think too much about it,” Buntin said.
Buntin considers herself to be healthy. She eats right and exercises. Things were going great until the young mom suddenly suffered a stroke after Easter weekend. She says some weird symptoms showed up a couple of weeks earlier and she went to the hospital. Doctors told her she had a condition which could cause a stroke, but being young and healthy, she didn’t think she was at high risk. That changed a few days later.
Buntin said, “Halfway to the Hospital, I started to lose feeling in my arm.”
Buntin says she talked to her husband on the way to the hospital in case things took a turn for the worst.
“I wanted him to know that I loved him and that I was so proud of him and all that he’s accomplished. And he’s a wonderful father to our girls. I began thinking that I wasn’t going to be able to hold my girls or smell their hair,” said the young mom.
Buntin got to the hospital in time and a stroke team at Methodist University Hospital in downtown Memphis was waiting to treat her.
“Within minutes, I could lift my arm up and I remember being so happy,” Buntin said.
Buntin wants to warn others that a stroke can sneak up on anyone at any age at any time. Two things are important to remember. Recognize the symptoms and get to the hospital within an hour.
Slurred speech, blurred vision, and weakness on one side of the body are main symptoms. It’s important to get help quickly if you have these symptoms.
Buntin now has an increased risk of having another stroke and she can’t do certain activities that she used to do, but she doesn’t have any side effects from the medication and is trying to live life as normally as possible.