Marla at age 46, a wife and mother of 2, was working full time at a medical consulting company. She was working to open an additional line of business for the company, running around to support her husband, kids and home. This all came to an abrupt stop when at approx. 10:00 am on 11/17/14, she was outside smoking a cigarette with a coworker. She noticed that she was slurring her words, her balance was off and she had that indescribable headache. Everything on her left side drooped, her face, arm and leg were numb. 911 was called and off she went in the ambulance to hear the EMT calling her husband to let him know where they were taking her. They believed she had suffered a stroke. She can still feel that tear run down her face on the right side.
At the hospital, everyone learned she had an AVM deep in her brain that had ruptured. Treatment then followed with intense rehab; learning how to walk and use her left hand again. After 27 days in the hospital she was able to go home and after 7 months she returned to work.
Marla felt something pulling her to get involved with this support group for herself, at which time, she really wanted to be more involved in this group. She wanted to do everything in her power to spread awareness because she did not want another person to go through this.
For the last couple years, Marla has proudly served as the support group president after spending a few years prior on the steering committee.
Addie works at Good Samaritan Hospital as a nurse in the Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit. She graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2011 and has been working with stroke patients and their families ever since. Currently, she is enrolled at Mt. Saint Joseph University and will graduate in May, 2021 with a Masters in Nursing Administration.
Addie is dedicated to caring for brain aneurysm survivors and advocating for their outcomes. She looks forward to being able to provide more resources to the patients she serves through her participation in the Tri-State Brain Aneurysm Support Group.
Donna is employed with the State of Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation as a training officer. She trains the claims staff on the computer software, BWC policies, the Ohio laws and resolutions pertaining to workers’ compensation. Prior to this she was a workers’ compensation paralegal at a law firm in Dayton representing injured workers for 15 years.
Donna is the wife of a stroke survivor and his caregiver. Her husband David suffered a massive left sided stroke at the age of 51 in 2016. Due to David’s young age, there was not much help to be given from their insurance company when it came to going home because he needed equipment, in-home aides and nurses. She knew it could be done and knocked on the doors of every social agency in her county until she found the Ohio Home Care Waiver Act. The Waiver is designed for people under the age of 60 not born with a developmental disability. The Waiver program has allowed Donna to continue her full-time employment while David gets the assistance he needs.
Because of their experiences with therapists, hospitals, state and county agencies, Donna is passionate about helping others learn how to find the help they need.