Eileen Schoch, of Glenville, suffered a stroke in April 2003 at the age of 52.
"One of the things that happens when you have a stroke is that memory is affected," said Scotch, who was treated for her stroke at Ellis Hospital's Stroke Center. "I suspect that some of the medications that they had me on had less of a memory retentive, which is a good thing, because there are aspects that you don't want to remember."
Scotch, who led an active lifestyle, suffered from her stroke while she was out cleaning up her yard after taking her daily walk post-breakfast.
"My leg started acting funny, and I tried to step and I said, 'I think I'm having a stroke!'" said Scotch.
However, she didn't completely believe it. She kept working until her entire left leg was numb and she could barely hold her cup of coffee in her left hand. Knowing that nobody would find her in her garden for hours, she made her way to the front of her house where she "just sat there and started saying nonsense things" so that she could keep herself conscious while she listened for her neighbor to leave for work and call him for help.
He came to her rescue and called 911, where she was taken first to St. Claire's and then to Ellis Hospital, where they were better equipped to handle the kind of stroke Scotch was having.
"I had a hemorrhagic stroke. I had one of the more dramatic ones; 20 percent of stroke victims have a hemorrhagic stroke and of them only 10 percent or less survive. I am recovered in speech and attitude but the whole left side of my body is paralyzed," said Scotch.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a hemorrahagic stroke is caused by a blood vessel in the brain that breaks and bleeds into the brain. The cells nourished by the ruptured artery no longer receive oxygen and nutrients begin to die. Simultaneously, the blood that's accumulated begins to clot, pushing on normal brain tissue. The result is disrupted brain function.