Hi, my name's Caleb, and I survived a major stroke.
Essentially, I went from 24 to 84, overnight...
3 days after my 24th birthday, I was working out at the gym when something exploded in my head and I had a major stroke.
The type of stroke I had was a Grade 5 Subarachnoid Haemorrhage (the highest grading of the rarest form of stroke).
It was caused by a rare brain abnormality that had gone undetected — called a Dural Arteriovenous Malformation (DAVM).
I was placed in an induced coma, fully ventilated and I spent over a month in the ICU.
I awoke to discover I’d lost the ability to walk, talk, swallow, see, or breathe on my own.
*I forgot to mention I also relearned to sneeze. Did you know you can do that? You can actually learn how to sneeze?!
Anyhoodle, this is where my journey began. This is the birthplace of finding and redefining my voice and self after trauma.