Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year. It's the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and it can happen to anyone.
"Patients didn’t really realize that it could happen to them," stroke survivor Becky Stowers said. "A 26-year-old didn’t realize that it could happen to them and it did. And as a 46-year-old I didn't really believe it but when I went to the hospital, I really thought I did."
Stowers has been a nurse for more than two decades but in her 40s she never thought she would become a patient herself.
"The neurologist that saw me in the hospital told me I would never go back to work again, and I told him that he didn't know who I was," Stowers said.
Stowers had a right thalamic stroke caused from a medication she was taking, a symptom that affects only one in 250,000 people.