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Western New York stroke survivor speaks out: "My whole life has changed."

Posted at 1:02 AM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 03:17:43-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — When you walk into the Page Family's North Buffalo home, you see dozens of pictures and inspirational quotes filling the walls. One particular quote sits next to a special family photo reading, "Always remember you are braver than you think, stronger than you know and loved more than it seems."

Almost two years ago, the Page family tested their bravery, strength and love when Kelly Page needed to undergo brain surgery for an aneurysm. Kelly's doctors discussed the small risk of having a stroke during surgery, but she felt the reward outweighed the risk.

"They're gonna open my head, clip my aneurysm, fix it back up and I'll be done," she said. But it turned into a nightmare. While the surgery was a success, something was very wrong.

"They figured out that I did suffer a moderate stroke," she said. A stroke on the operating table at 41-years-old.

Her husband, Keith, was in disbelief. "I just kept playing it over like it was a bad dream. Like that's not possible-- it didn't happen, did it?" he said.

The stroke left Kelly with aphasia, which forced her to leave her job and reteach herself simple words like "coffee."

"I have problems with my memory, I have problems with comprehension, I have problems with my speech," Kelly said. Her condition getting better slowly through speech and occupational therapy.

"I'm not the same person, but I try to be the best person that I can be."

"The thing about stroke is one minute normal, then one minute it's not normal," Dr. Venice Bates, Medical Director of Dent, says.