We often associate stroke with the scourges of old age, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol. But it happens to young people, too, and sometimes the impact is devastating.

Nina Mitchell suffered a hemorrhagic stroke when she was just 26 years old. Now 41, she’s a writer, mother and wife. On her blog, Mindpop, the Harvard grad delivers a frank and sometimes humorous look at life after a stroke, and it’s well worth your time.

In a recent episode of Here & Now on 90.9 WBUR-FM, Boston’s NPR news station, Mitchell chatted with host Robin Young about her experience as a young stroke survivor:

“My lot of my friends were on the make: they were off to grad school and starting companies and writing books. That was very hard to watch that happen, because I had to stop and do rehab for years, while my other friends were, you know, discovering planets. But I think I sort of see my life as having ups and downs. I’m definitely in an up period. I have a lovely son, I have a lovely husband, I work. So it’s all very exciting.”

Listen to the whole interview here and the entire Here & Now episode below.

Source: 20-Something Stroke Survivor On Recovery, The Brain And Parenting With Physical Challenges | Here & Now

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