“Be patient with yourself. It may take longer than you think.”Nilsa Reyna
A stroke in your mid-30s. A maze of medical appointments with no answers. 6 years of searching for a diagnosis. Brain surgery. Anxiety. And recovery.
Actor, writer, director Nilsa Reyna is creating performances centered around her own health journey with the hope that it helps other people connect with their own stories.
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I met Nilsa many years ago when she was running a theater company, working a full-time day job at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and acting. One evening at our monthly creativity salon, she shared an early draft of a an autobiographical one-woman show she was creating based on her story of experiencing a stroke in her mid-30s, with seemingly no risk factors present.
And despite tests, scans, appointments, and research, no one seemed to know why it had happened, or more importantly, how to prevent it from happening again.
Listen to the episode to get the full story of how Nilsa decided to be her own advocate and keep searching for answers as to what was happening inside her brain.
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Learn more about Moyamoya
One of the rarest forms of occlusive cerebrovascular disorders encountered in neurosurgery is moyamoya disease. Fragile blood vessels proliferate around a blocked artery in an attempt to bypass an occlusion. Their appearance on a cerebral angiogram resembles a “puff of smoke” or “moyamoya,” a term coined by a Japanese team who first described the disease.
Stanford Moyamoya Center: http://med.stanford.edu/neurosurgery/divisions/moyamoya.html
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