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Published January 14, 2011, 12:00 AM

Thanks for stroke registry proposal

I am writing to say thank you to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for including an appropriation for a stroke registry in his 2011-13 budget recommendation.

By: Cristal Larsen, Valley City, N.D.

I am writing to say thank you to Gov. Jack Dalrymple for including an appropriation for a stroke registry in his 2011-13 budget recommendation. This appropriation matters to me because stroke care matters to me.

In March of this year, at age 35, I had my stroke. Fortunately, I was able to get to Mercy Hospital in Valley City during the “golden three hours” after my stroke, and the hospital had the kind of treatment necessary to dissolve the blood clot. I got the right kind of care in the right amount of time and today, I am fortunate to be close to my full abilities. As a mother with two young daughters, that means the world to my family.

To me, a stroke happens to the elderly, not to a mom of young girls. Stroke can happen to anyone at any time and can have a tremendous emotional, financial, and psychological impact on a family. Having a stroke registry will help to reduce the terrible impact of stroke on North Dakotans.

Since my stroke, I believe I have been given an opportunity to redefine myself. But most importantly, my journey and all my work are because of those beautiful girls.

There is life after a stroke, and our governor’s leadership in the area of stroke care is helping to reduce the toll of stroke to reduce the toll of stroke and will ultimately save lives in North Dakota.

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