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.”