PHOENIX - When you think about suffering a major health crisis, many of us may think, "It won't happen to me." Truth is, strokes do not discriminate.
On Feb. 23, Martha Mada began feeling ill, and decided to head to the doctor.
"I stopped talking, I wasn’t able to speak at all. I was very confused," said the 29-year-old, "I lost my balance and I didn’t know what the symptoms were. I went to the hospital and all of the sudden I couldn’t communicate."
That was just the beginning of a very long battle to come.
“I had a stroke. I had three total strokes within that month,” she said.
The symptoms she had were exactly those of a stroke, along with severe headaches and difficulty seeing.
She stayed at intensive care for a month, and then began her eight-week rehab process, which has helped her recover so quickly. And still still going to therapy at Banner - University Medical Center in Phoenix.
Martha tells us she was walking within a week, and currently she can now dress herself, apply makeup, speak better and giver herself insulin as needed. The only help she's needed so far has been in the kitchen cooking.
While they have no exact answer as to why she had a stroke at such a young age, there are many possibilities.
"Genetics played a big part -- my cholesterol was high and I wasn't taking care of myself," she said. "Don't be so stubborn and take care of yourself. Just because you're young doesn't mean you're invincible."