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December 21st, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Human Factor: At 26, a young mind disabled by stroke

Katherine Wolf's life changed in a split second, when a brain bleed nearly killed her. Here is her story in her own words.

At 26 years old, I was living out my dreams in Los Angeles, with my husband, Jay, and 6-month old baby, James.

All that would change on April 21, 2008, when I nearly died of a massive brain stem stroke.

Defying all odds, I survived and am fighting for my recovery while battling many significant deficits to this day. As a result of my stroke and lifesaving brain surgery, I was left unable walk, talk, or swallow, with severe double vision and right ear deafness, as well as right side facial paralysis and lack of fine motor coordination in my right hand. FULL POST

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