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Tri-State stroke survivor stresses advice

Warning signs include facial droop, arm weakness and slurred speech

Time is of the essence when someone has a stroke.

May is National Stroke Month.

Bob Giuliani was dining out with his wife in Quincy three and a half years ago when he felt the left side of his face droop.

"I felt it and drooling," he explained. "My arms got stiff. We got up and left."

He brushed it off and went home where his son demanded Bob get to the emergency room immediately.

Dr. Oluwaseun Odumosu at Blessing Hospital educates patients with the acronym "FAST."

"The face is always kind of symmetrical, normally, and you see them and one side is kind of dropped down," he explained. "That could be an indication the person could be having a stroke."

"A" stands for arm, but it could be any limb. If someone is not able to move a limb all of a sudden, they could be having a stroke. "S" is for speech.

"When speech suddenly becomes garbled.," Dr. Odumosu said.

"T" stands for time.

"The faster you can get them in the better it is for chances of recovery from the stroke," he said.

Giuliani spent months in the hospital recovering from his stroke. He took every opportunity to stay active by moving his limbs while in bed, walking and eventually riding an exercise bike.

"I did not have the mindset that this is going to beat me," Giuliani said. "I had the mindset of I'm going to do everything I can to make myself as good as I can be."

Giuliani now keeps his mind active by running his own eBay business.

"It's no big deal, but it is to me," he said. "I get up every morning just like I'm going to work just like I own my own corporation. Find something to keep your mind active. That's the main thing in life and don't forget God is always there to help you."

Giuliani also has changed to a healthier diet and tries to stay active as much as possible.

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