Another reader shares her story:
I was a generally healthy person until a few weeks before Christmas 2013. I was having strange headaches that would start at the base of my skull and feel as though someone was dumping cold water down my neck. These headaches came and went. I popped Advil daily, but they weren’t debilitating and I was so focused on finishing up my last teaching semester that I put off going to the doctor until January.
On Christmas Day, my husband and I went to go see a movie (our Christmas tradition, since we live away from our families). About two hours into the movie, I felt the right side of my face go numb—I felt as though I couldn’t feel my cheek or move the right side of my mouth. The next thing I know, I was shaking and my entire right side went numb, followed by a tingling feeling.
Something in my mind kicked into overdrive and I immediately turned to my husband and whispered, “Something isn’t right. We need to go. NOW.”