Personal Stories

    • Cynthia Essex profile photoStories from the Heart: Mother of 8 Who Collapsed in Church Warns Others
      Many of us believe we know what a heart attack looks like. We have a picture in our mind of what a person who is likely to suffer from heart disease looks like, and if that is not us, we simply don’t […]
    • Crystal Wall photoCrystal Wall (Wife of Rapper Paul Wall) Shares Her Sister’s Stroke Story
      Crystal found it important to share her family connection to stroke and her personal struggle with weight to help others lead a healthier life. “Two sisters are talking on the phone, as they do […]
    • Emma Jolley photoPowerful People – Emma Jolley, Caregiver
      Read Emma’s story of how caring for her mother after a stroke impacted her life. Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Emma Infanta Hughes-Jolley and I was born and raised in a little place […]
    • Mario Carpio profile photoExtraordinary People Just Like You
      View in Spanish Read Mario’s story. What is your name? Mario Carpio How old are you? I am 47 years old. Do you have children or grandchildren? I have three boys. Where are you from? I am from […]
    • Lorraine C. Ladish profile photoA Story From the Heart
      View in Spanish We interviewed Lorraine C. Ladish, whose mother suffered a stroke when she was only 28 years old. As a Latina and as someone with stroke in her family history, Lorraine is conscious […]
    • Group of people walkingPowerful People – Desean Jordan
      Read Desean’s story of how he found strength through hard times. Angioplasty, aneurism, aortic coarctation, stent placement. Terms like these have shaped Desean Jordan’s life. Born with a heart […]
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