even lift her head.
“I literally had to hold my neck. I just didn’t have the strength to hold my head up at all,” she shares.
After hearing about the strong medication Jordan had unsuccessfully taken, a nurse tracked down a neurologist. He came in to discover a panicked Jordan experiencing pain that felt like her body was on fire.
“I started talking and I could hear myself. I’m like, I don’t sound like this,” she says. “My speech started slurring. It was really hard to formulate the words. The next thing I knew, the fire got so bad.” Right before she blacked out, Jordan managed to fearfully shout the first thing that came to mind: “I’m having a stroke!”
It turns out Jordan was right. She had actually suffered a series of major strokes and blacked out multiple times.
The beginning of a long journey
The aftermath included some brain damage and an initial inability to move her body. She also struggled to talk and walk. It was traumatic, but the fact that she survived was nothing short of a miracle, according to doctors.
The road to recovery is going to be a long, ongoing journey both mentally and physically for Jordan, who doesn’t remember many of the moments that occurred after her stroke, including her son’s earliest days.
“I don’t remember the first three years of my son’s life,” she says.
The good news is she has pictures, which have played a vital role in helping her recall things.
Almost five years later, Jordan hasn’t returned to work and is still working her way back through physical rehab. During these past few years, Jordan jokingly says that she and her son were raised together as she worked to relearn how to do the basics. Although she can’t drive yet, she hopes to be able to do so in another year or so.
“I’m still trying to get to a place where I feel like myself,” she adds. “I know I’m not going to