Hello fellow classmates, My name is Cassidy Martorana and I am excited to be in this class with everyone. The best day of my life was also the worst day of my life. On December 12th, 2006 I had a mild heart attack that lead my husband and the EMT’s to take me to the closest hospital. This hospital did not have a cardiac unit but he and the EMT’s felt that it was the best choice and so that's where I was taken. Once admitted the doctor decided that I need to have two stents inserted and then he decided to give me a heavy duty clot buster. The clot buster caused me to have a large brain bleed (stroke) in my right frontal lobe. I was literally on the verge of death for several weeks. I say it is the worst day of my life because the effects of the stroke resulted in me being paralyzed on my left side. I spent six months in a re-hab hospital learning how to walk, talk, eat and live one sided but that was the easy part. Learning how to live with disabilities has been more difficult than I ever could have imagined. I did learn to walk and am still learning to live with disabilities. Today I walk using a cane and everything I do is one handed including typing. I also lost my husband during this past year, not because of death, but because he felt that he could no longer deal with the demands of taking care of our business, our home, our yard and me. He became very resentful during the last year that we spent together and was an angry and depressed person to live with and he asked me for a divorce. Our divorce has been final now for about a year. I still struggle with the sadness of losing my best friend and the love of my life but I am an overcomer and have adjusted well. When I said it was the best day of my life it is because had it not been for the stroke I might not have found my way back to God. I also feel that I am back on the path for which he intended me to be on, which is to help people who have had life changing events. I moved...
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