Monday, July 6, 2015

Survivor Spotlight: Susan Wahlmann

Susan Wahlmann had her stroke at age 39 in November 2011 as a result of her birth control medication. Luckily her husband Michael knew the signs of a stroke ( his grandfather had one years ago) and within 15 minutes, she was in the emergency room of Unity Point West in Rock Island, IL.

She received tPA and four and a half months later, after outpatient therapy, was back at work. Other than forgetting words when she is excited or really tired, she has no lingering effects from her stroke.

She is now in between jobs, having worked as the Performing Arts Director at Quad City Arts for nearly 20 years. She is a volunteer for Feel Better Friends, a non-profit organization where she volunteers crochet custom dolls for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. She is a volunteer for the Normaleah Ovarian Cancer Foundation and a committee member for the girlpARTS FEST this July.

She is a board member for WQPT public television. She and Michael have attended Stroke Camp for the past three years, and Susan has created a scrapbook for each year. They hope to attend family camp this year with their 13-year-old daughter, Emma.


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