May is American Stroke Awareness month, a month that is dedicated to shining a light on the imminent threat of strokes and how to prevent and treat them. Every May since 1989 the National Stroke Association takes donations, hosts activities such as cycling to raise money, and encouraging people to share their stories in an effort to connect survivors and caregivers as well as show what people who have had strokes go through on a daily basis.
The National Stroke Association says that although strokes threaten millions of lives, they are preventable, treatable, and beatable. Every forty seconds in United States someone has a stroke and every four minutes somebody dies from a stroke. When a stroke occurs, nearly two million brain cells die every minute that the stroke is left untreated meaning that if you survive the stroke you don’t come away unscathed. Strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States and eighty percent of strokes are preventable.
You can get involved in American Stroke Awareness month by joining or starting up local fundraisers or donating directly to the National Stroke Association. You can also raise awareness by becoming an advocate. It’s important that you learn the symptoms of a stroke so that if someone around you strokes you know what to do to help them. If you or someone you love has suffered from a stroke, you can share your story as well as encourage them to share theirs as well. Together we can end stroke.