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Strides For Stroke 5k Marks 18th Year

Stroke survivor Lisa O'Rear (right) with her mother (left).

Stroke survivor Lisa O’Rear (right) with her mother (left).

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By Cheryl Elias

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Dr. Howard Mazer Memorial Strides for Stroke 5k Run/Walk marks its eighteenth year.

Paralegal Lisa O’Rear was 34-years-old last year when she suffered a stroke in the hospital after a rare allergic reaction to a drug that was part of a pre-operative routine for a medical procedure.

The hospital sent her home with a diagnosis of migraine headache. But, while she was at home she experienced something that was more than a migraine headache.

“I realized when I went to take a shower that I couldn’t feel the temperature of the water on the entire left side of my body. It’s a very unusual feeling. it took me a good ten minutes to figure out I couldn’t feel hot or cold.”

She didn’t need surgery, but this health conscious yoga instructor has had to accept and adjust.

“For someone who never took medicine and now does you know it’s like I kind of live by the clock, I take a pill every four hours to help with the pain.”

Stroke survivor Lisa O’Rear says she’s glad to be alive and plans to live life to the fullest now that the stroke is behind her.

18th Annual Dr. Howard Mazer Memorial
Strides for Stroke 5K Run/Walk
Sunday, June 10, 2012
7:00am – 11:00am
The Philadelphia Museum of Art