She felt like a stone superstar in her 20 s — until she had 2 strokes at 27.

She felt like a stone superstar in her 20 s — until she had 2 strokes at 27.

Mom and veteran Tamika Quinn supposed she was untouchable in her 20 s until she had two strokes back-to-back.

The first occurred on the right side of her brain, initially paralyzing the left side of her body. The second make her frontal lobe. As a result, Tamika expended three and a half weeks recovering in intensive care. While she did regain her motor functions, the experience was a huge wake-up call for her . “And to think it could’ve been prevented, ” Tamika recounts in the video below .~ ATAGEND

Tamika Quinn. All images via Cigna.

Earlier in life, Tamika had been diagnosed with high blood pressure but had brushed it off as a relatively unimportant statistic; it ran in their own families. But it wasn’t just genetics. Her household had limited access to things like fresh produce. As a outcome, less healthy and more convenient snacks often became the norm in her house.

After she recovered, Tamika started strolling more and eating healthier, home-cooked snacks.

She encouraged her two daughters, Sequoia and Kashra, to do the same especially Kashra, who was diagnosed with high cholesterol as small children.

Sequoia and Kashra.

“The switch for us was not feeing as much fast food and going on a lot of strolls, ” Sequoia recounts in the video.

Today, Tamika’s an advocate for the American Heart Associations Youre the Cure network and actively spreads the preventive health message.

“Any health issue that can be prevented should be, ” she wrote for You’re the Cure. “Since we know that nutrition plays such a key role in later health, its well worth our passionate focus now.”

Tamika also shares her health strategies through GLAM Girl Enterprises, the company she started to empower young woman to better themselves.

Treating your body with care often starts with knowing what to pay attention to such as your health numbers.

Tamika and her daughters.

And we’re not talking about waist and hip measurings. Your four health numbers blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index( BMI ), and blood sugar is available with important insight into how your body’s doing. They’re your doctor’s starting point to determine what, if anything, you need to do to get your body’s health back on track.

Taking steps toward taking care of ourselves before health issues arrive could have a big impact on each of us and the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that “if everyone in the U.S. received recommended clinical preventive health care, we could save over 100,000 lives a year.” That’s fairly staggering.

As a result of what she went through, Tamika will never take her health for awarded again.

She hopes her experience will inspire others to follow suit and prioritize preventive care. Because if they don’t take care of their body, everything can come to a screeching halt.

“People will take their vehicle to get an petroleum change or a tune up, ” Tamika explains below. “Your body is route more important than your car.”

Watch Tamika’s entire health journey here :

She was 27 and feeling invincible. Then she had a stroke.

Posted by Upworthy on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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