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Stroke survivors empowered through Oklahoma volunteer effort

Operation: Helping Brains is a volunteer network of survivors of stroke and brain injury. The Oklahoma City-based organization provides volunteer opportunities that also raise awareness of stroke and brain injury.
by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: March 31, 2013
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The stroke support group's next meeting is April 22 at Grand House Restaurant at 2701 N Classen Blvd. Anyone interested in volunteering can attend the meeting to find out more information about signing up.

Bedford was only 43 when she suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in your brain leaks or ruptures, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Bedford's husband was a firefighter and quickly recognized his wife was suffering from the symptoms of a stroke. He called 911, and luckily, the bleeding stopped before Bedford needed surgery.

Bedford can no longer work and appreciates the opportunity that Operation: Helping Brains provides.

It makes her feel like she has a purpose.

“I'm a long way from retirement,” she said. “So, it gives me something to do that makes me feel like I'm helping and doing something worthwhile.”

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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