What are the causes of stroke and heart attack?
An hour before a high school soccer game, I sat down with my family to watch a movie on my phone.
I’m a dad, and the game I was watching was a basketball game, with a team of students and their parents in attendance.
My son, Alex, was sitting in the stands, watching the game.
My daughter, Jessica, was watching from a nearby seat.
It wasn’t long before we began chatting.
They weren’t strangers; they’ve known each other for almost five years.
Jessica is a former tennis player, and Alex is a sports writer who’s written for The Washington Post.
“I’m really happy,” Jessica told me.
“The way that the game went and the way that we both just watched the game together and talked about it and were kind of shocked at how it happened and what it meant, it made me feel like, ‘Wow, this is really happening.'”
I didn’t realize that at the time, I was talking to the only person I’d ever met with a stroke who was also a parent.
I was so shocked.
It was a sudden and shocking revelation.
As soon as I began talking to my wife, we realized we were in trouble.
“It’s not a good thing,” Jessica said.
“We need to find out why and what the problem is.” “
But right now, I think it’s just something that needs to be addressed,” she added.
“We need to find out why and what the problem is.”
The sudden revelation has given Jessica hope.
“Now, I know there’s no one in my life who’s ever been with a heart attack or stroke, and I’m very thankful that I had Alex as a friend and an expert,” she said.
And Jessica says she feels like she’s gotten the support she needs.
“He’s been the one to bring me through this.
He’s helped me see what it means to be in shock and then to be able to look at this from the other side and realize that it’s a blessing, not a curse,” she told me as we talked.
Jessica and Alex have become good friends.
“At first, I didn and still don’t know why I was feeling like I needed to talk about this,” Jessica explained.
I asked Jessica if there were any changes in her life since the stroke. “
And I know that he’s going to be the one in the hospital,” she concluded.
I asked Jessica if there were any changes in her life since the stroke.
“Oh my God, there are,” she answered.
“Everything’s really good.
There’s nothing really wrong with my life.
There are a lot of things that have changed for the better, so I can’t say much more than that.”
The next day, I called Alex to see if he’d be interested in attending a meeting with me.
As usual, he declined.
But his sister, Jessica’s best friend, also declined.
“You know what?”
I asked her.
“This is what’s happening,” she replied.
“They’re making you do it.”
“And so you’re doing it,” I told her.
And then I told Alex that I would be there to help him talk about the things he doesn’t know.
It’s a conversation that will be a part of his life for years to come.
Jessica says that she’s been able to work on a lot more in her relationship with her father and her son.
“Since the stroke, I’ve actually gotten a lot stronger, a lot smarter, a better person,” she explained.
That’s not to say that the two have completely gotten over it.
Alex, meanwhile, is dealing with his own health issues.
He has to get more exercise, and he’s also having difficulty swallowing.
“Every time I eat something, I have to think about how I’m going to keep from choking,” he said.
In fact, I asked him if he could imagine choking someone.
“No,” he responded.
“Cleaning it out.”
“I don’t think you can,” I said.
I don’t mean to sound like an angry parent, but I know I can.
I can also see that Jessica, who has been struggling with anxiety for years, is just as desperate.
“People are afraid of what happens to me,” she admitted.
“Especially when I have people in my home who have a stroke and who are going to die.
And they’re just waiting for me to die.”
“You can’t stop,” she insisted.
I didn of course say that, but Jessica did.
I hope Alex understands that it will be her choice to end his life.
“Do you know what would happen if I were to die?”
I told him.
“Would I have my dad’s body and his mind?” she asked.