My health outlook
One Saturday in March 2011, Iwas working out at the gym. I wasmotivated because I was going to awedding in Mexico. I also had ticketsto see the Oprah Winfrey show inChicago. I’d watched Oprah from thevery beginning and was so pumped tosee her live. I’d planned my hair andwardrobe. It was such a good time inmy life!
I headed home and was about to hit
the shower when it felt like someone
shot a gun into the side of my head. I
can only describe it as an explosion near
my temple. I’ve been prone to headaches
my entire life and I remember thinking,
“Oh, no! I’m getting a migraine.”
After I showered, I felt sick to my
stomach and my neck was stiff. I lay
down to have a short rest and didn’t get
out of bed until Tuesday. My husband
begged me to go to the hospital. Having
had headaches my whole life, I felt sure
I’d just be sent home.
Finally, I relented and a CT scan
showed a blood clot in my brain. I was
treated for a stroke and was in the
hospital for three or four weeks.
If I had waited any longer, whoknows what would have happened?I could’ve lost everything. Just beingstubborn, I could’ve lost my life. Ihave a granddaughter and could’vemissed out all that time with her. Atmy age— 44—we know our bodies andwhen something is wrong. Now I payattention and listen. I tell people ifsomething isn’t right, don’t be afraid toask your doctor or go to emergency. Theconsequences of not asking could bedeadly.
You would never know to look atme that I have been through this. Myhusband and I were shocked. I neverwould’ve thought it was a possibility atmy age.
My advice: don’t take good healthfor granted—even if you have ticketsfor Oprah. And listen to your husbandwhen it comes to seeing a doctor! Ididn’t meet Oprah, but I’m so thankfulto be alive.
— as told to Holly Budd