May is Stroke Awareness Month

Last year, Robert Baynard laid down for an afternoon nap. When he awoke to take his dog out for his usual evening walk, Robert started staggering and had trouble getting up and down. He went to sleep that night feeling strange, but thinking it wasn’t anything serious.

The next morning, Robert was still feeling strange and by the time he and his wife decided it was time to seek medical attention, he had trouble even getting in the car. They went to the Emergency Department at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, where they learned Robert had suffered a stroke.

ClockToday, Robert is steadily getting back to himself.

Stroke is the number four cause of death and the leading cause of disability in American adults. During National Stroke Awareness Month in May, learn the symptoms of stroke, and make healthy lifestyle choices to lower your risk. If you or someone you know has sudden confusion, numbness of the face or arm or trouble speaking, call 911 right away.

For Robert’s full story and to learn more about stroke, visit Then check out our blog each week in May for a new story from a stroke patient or caregiver as part of National Stroke Awareness Month. 

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