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  • Former patient shares incredible journey after stroke at age 26
    May 22, 2017

    At only 26, Lucy Alana Gnazzo suffered a massive stroke. The young mother endured brain surgery and other medical setbacks. With the support of her family, she rallied. After two weeks at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, she transferred to our Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital to regain strength, endurance and stamina. She had to re-learn how to walk, talk and feed herself.

    Stroke does not discriminate, and its signs and symptoms are consistent across any age group. One way to remember them is BE FAST. They stand for Balance (balance is off), Eyes (unclear vision), Face (facial drooping), Arms (arm weakness), Speech (speech difficulties, slurred speech, unable to repeat a simple sentence) and Time. The final letter isn't a symptom, but a reminder that time lost is brain lost and anyone expericing these symptoms should go to the hospital immediately.

    If you think you or someone you care about is experiencing the signs of a stroke, do not wait. Dial 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.

    Watch the videos to learn more about Lucy Alana’s journey here.