November 7, 2018
Marina Krsmanovic, a nursery teacher and mother of two who was not a smoker and she did sports on regular basis. Despite her healthy lifestyle, in December 2017 she felt that her right arm was paralysed, she lost her sight and she noticed speech difficulties.
She did not wait and she imediately called for help. In an hour she was at St Sava (Sveti Sava) Special Hospital for cerebrovascular diseases. The doctors diagnosed a stroke which was a consequence of an congenital heart disease. She was sent to the Institute of Cardiovascular diseases Dedinje where she had a heart operation on 24th January 2018.
She found her motivation and strength in her children. She adopted a new diet, changed the way of thinking, and she says that she has started enjoying her life, small, things and that she always has positive thoughts. We can say that her fast reaction at the first symptoms, quick transportation to hospital and of course high quality treatment in the above mentioned medical institutions were the key for her successful recovery. Now, she can function independently, she has returned to her workplace…
Apart from, returning to her everyday routine, Marina has returned to her hobby that she did before stroke- downhill mountain biking. She even won a medal at a competition that took place on Zlatibor mountain and she was even the only female competitor! She said that her only goal had been to take part in the competition and to prove it to herself that she could tame the mountain once again. Taking part in the competition is worth all the attention and admiration one could get but winning a medal is like reaching the top of the world.
Her message to all of us is stick to positive thinking, enjoy little things and enjoy your life to the fullest. We hope that Marina’s story will motivate people never to give up and to keep fighting. We, on our behalf, have a duty to do everything we can to make life easier for those who had suffered a stroke, to help them get #UpAgainAfterStroke!