31-year-old Man Suffers a ‘Shower Of Strokes’, Learns How to Walk

31-year-old Man Suffers a 'Shower Of Strokes', Learns How to Walk

  • Kirk Godbeer (a 31-year old UK chef) suffered “a shower of strokes”March 2022 
  • He had to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again after more than six months. 
  • Godbeer speaks out about his experiences to encourage people to reduce stroke risk. 

After suffering from strokes, a man in the UK is trying to raise awareness about strokes among young people. “shower”Soon after the 2020 coronavirus lockdowns, they will be back in stock. 

Kirk Godbeer, a 31-year-old musician and chef, has since learned how to walk, talk and eat and how to overcome suicidal thoughts. His high-stress, alcohol-abusive lifestyle may have contributed to his vulnerability. 

“I had no idea I was at risk of having a stroke,”Godbeer said that the local news outlet reported the following: Weston Mercury. “I didn’t think at my age stroke was a thing.”  

Godbeer initially tried to sleep off his symptoms. 

Godbeer woke hot and sweaty at 3 :15 am on March 29, 2019,

It hit him as he was going downstairs to get a glass water. “I could only describe it as pins and needles, but all down one side of my body and face and I felt all hot and clammy,”He wrote this for the UK organization Different Strokes. “I felt my left side completely drop. I couldn’t grip my left hand or walk properly.” 

Mercury says he tried to fall asleep but had trouble with his left side when it awoke. He went to his mom’s house, so that his children wouldn’t see him. But he doesn’t recall much. “Everything from this point was a blur until I came round two days later in Bristol Royal Infirmary,”He spoke to the Mercury. 

CT scans were performed at the hospital and blood tests were also done. “The doctors were more confused than I was!”Godbeer explained to the outlet. After two days without any answers, he went to an MRI and was diagnosed with cancer. “a shower of strokes,” Godbeer said. 

“That’s when the emotions started.  ‘A stroke?”  I said, am I going to be OK?'”

Godbeer was soon diagnosed as having COVID.   

Godbeer was released from the hospital after spending six days there. The pandemic meant that doctors were still unsure of where the stroke-causing blood vessels came from. 

His mom noticed that he was suffering from constant fatigue and slurred speech. He also began to cough up blood. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 just three days after a CT scan. 

“This was another battle on top of my stroke,”Godbeer wrote for Different Strokes. 

Godbeer began his recovery from the stroke after two weeks of COVID isolation. Godbeer was able to regain his speech by singing five hours per day and by walking just one or two steps four times per day, he strengthened his leg muscles. To learn how to grip the utensils he was eating, he practiced touching his thumb to each finger. It took him six months to master the technique. 

Godbeer committed suicide after seven months. “I would cry over nothing, get angry over nothing and I tried on many occasions to end my life because I had just had enough,”He wrote. “I wanted to give up on life because I didn’t know how to control my emotions.” 

Godbeer, now 22 months post-stroke, still experiences leg pain and fatigue. However, he is grateful for his family’s support, his improved physical, and mental health. “I’m doing amazing,”He wrote: “and I’m so proud to be where I am now and to be able to talk openly and honestly about stroke.”

He discovered a hole in the center of his heart

Godbeer isn’t fully recovered. In November 2020, a scan showed that he had a hole in his heart and needed surgery. However, Godbeer will have to wait at least five years before he can receive the surgery at a hospital. Godbeer Created a GoFundMe accountIn the hopes that he can pay for it sooner. 

“Learning and knowing the hole in the heart had played a part in myself having a stroke, it’s something that’s on my mind every day,” Godbeer told Insider, “and the worry of not having the operation soon is causing me great anxiety.” 

Many times, strokes can be avoided

According to American Heart AssociationAround 10-15% of strokes are experienced by people between 18-45 years old. This percentage has been rising. It is possible to prevent about 80% lifestyle changes like exercisingStop smoking and manage stress.

Godbeer, who worked 60-hour work weeks and drank on breaks between shifts, said he wished he had known that sooner. “If I could go back in time,”He told the Mercury: “I would advise myself not to work the hours I was working and stop binge drinking.”

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