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PHOTO BY JUSTIN IDE

Stroke survivors Skylar Doerwaldt and Deb
Owens (middle, left to right) catch their
breath after a UVA Spokes for Strokes Spin-athon. UVA neurologist Dr. Andy Southerland
and UVA nurse Abby Rieman also took part in
the event to raise awareness about stroke in
the young.

The tattoo on Skylar
Doerwaldt's left arm
is meant to be a conversation starter. She
loves when people ask
the meaning behind
the ink rendering of
the vessels that supply
blood to her brain.

"It gives me an opening to share my
story and create awareness that strokes
can happen to anyone, including young
people," she says. "As a fit, blondeheaded girl in her 20s, I'm not what people envision as a stroke survivor."

The Day EVERYTHING
CHANGED

Strokes are most common in the
elderly, but an estimated 1 out of every
10 occurs in a person under age 50.
Skylar will never forget the day she had
a stroke. "I was 24. It was August 18,
2015," she shares. She worked that day
and then went to dinner with a friend
on the Corner in Charlottesville. At
about 8 p.m., she was back at home and

went to reach for her phone to read
a text when, "It was like something
in my head had popped. The room
was spinning. I said, 'Wow, I have
vertigo.' And my friend said, 'Is this
something you get?' I said, 'No.' I
sat back for a second and it passed.
But a minute later, it came back and
it came back far worse. The room
was spinning."
Skylar's friend noticed, too, that the
left side of her face was drooping and
her speech was slurred-classic stroke
signs. He made the right call and
drove her to the nearest hospital 15
minutes away. By now, she was blind
in one eye and partially paralyzed on
her left side. A brain scan revealed a
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