New perspective. The 27-year-old survivor shares her story

Beowapke, Minnesota – A Northland woman experienced a harsh reality at a young age, but after several months of recovery, she says she has a new perspective on life.

27-year-old Kylie Lahti was heading to bed one night last December when she started feeling weird.

My lips started numb and tingly, so I got out of bed and said [to my husband], ‘There error. She told Lahti as she recounted her experience.

The left side of my labia was numb and she felt a sharp pain in her temple.

She and her husband called 911 and paramedics arrived quickly.

At the time, Lahti thought she had an allergy.

She was aware that the symptoms she was experiencing were consistent with a stroke, but since she was very young it hadn’t occurred to her that this was what was happening.

“[The doctors] They did a CT scan and saw that I had a severed artery in my spine…so they thought I was having a stroke.”

Further tests determined that this is indeed the case.

Her entire left side weakened and she began to have double vision and nausea.

The next few days were foggy as I began my path to recovery.

I could not stand or walk. I couldn’t walk to the bathroom. “I couldn’t stand to shower, I couldn’t even sit on a chair,” she said.

Several months of physical therapy followed, and in April, Lahti was finally able to return to work.

Now, she’s almost completely recovered.

Looking back, she says, she would never have expected that she would have had a stroke at just 27 years old.

“I was a healthy person. I was on my feet. I was energetic. I ate right and for this to happen to me, it really opened my eyes to see that these kinds of medical conditions don’t discriminate against age,” she said.

Brad Donaldson of the Minnesota Stroke Association says Kelly’s story is important because it shows that strokes can happen without warning at any age.

“Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. It happens and it happens at a rapid pace,” Donaldson said.

He said it’s important to be aware of the warning signs because strokes can manifest in many different ways.

“Strokes can have such a severe hangover, whether it’s with cognitive impairment, paralysis, movement problems, aphasia, or a loss of communication,” he said.

Lahti said the experience gave her a new perspective on life.

“It’s not that I took my life for granted but that I learn how to walk again. You have to learn how to stand again to learn how to grab things again. It really makes you appreciate what you can do versus what you can’t.”

If you suspect that you or someone you know has had a stroke, call 911 immediately.

Timely treatment can reduce recovery time, and sometimes prevent more serious side effects.

Strides for Stroke takes place on Saturday, May 21.

All money raised goes to the Minnesota Stroke Association, which helps support stroke victims and their families.

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