SEATTLE--May is Stroke Awareness Month, and that inspired Seattle Seahawk's linebacker Bobby Wagner to share a very personal story. He sat down with KOMO News to talk about his mother, who suffered a stroke in 2009, when Wagner was a freshman in college.
"My mom was such a strong figure in my life, and anybody who sees someone suffer from a stroke, it really takes a toll on your body," Wagner said. "You try to come together as a family and do what you can to keep that person strong and get them back to full strength, and sometimes they do and sometimes they don't. It's a very tough situation. I just want people to know they have help. They don't have to do it by themselves."
Wagner suggested the American Stroke Association as a resource for families.
"Collectively, everyone had to come together because when people suffer strokes they kind of hit a reset button on life. They suffer a lot of setbacks and they have to relearn a lot of things. A lot of that is you having to have the patience to help them relearn some of the things they once were good at. Having the patience and support for them because I'm pretty sure it's pretty frustrating for somebody to be able to write and read and do a lot of things they're used to doing on their own and no longer able to do so," Wagner said. "It takes a lot of strength from the family and a lot of strength from the person who suffered the stroke, and I just don't want people to be out there doing it by themselves. There's help out there."
Right now, the American Stroke Association is taking nominations for its annual Stroke Hero Awards. The campaign recognizes stroke survivors, caregivers, health care workers or anyone else who is trying to raise awareness and end stroke.