Home Stroke Nurse who had stroke at age 36 shares story to raise awareness

Nurse who had stroke at age 36 shares story to raise awareness


A Vassar Brothers Medical Center nurse is sharing her stroke story to help educate others during National Stroke Awareness Month.

NICU nurse Jenna Pascale was a healthy, active mom of four boys.

She suffered a stroke last year at just 36 years old while working her shift in the NICU at Vassar Brothers.

“I just was jumbling my words. I couldn’t get them out… my right side was drooping a little bit at work that my coworkers noticed. And I started to get upset because I knew something was wrong,” she said.

The emergency room at Vassar wasn’t far because the ER staff told her she was having a stroke and likely had been having mini ones for months.

“We never expect someone in her age, in her healthy state to have a stroke. And that’s the key point about strokes. It can happen to anybody, at any place, at any time,” says 

Dr. Paul Wright, of Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

Wright, a neurologist, says its crucial to lead a healthy lifestyle with exercise and not smoking to lower your risk level.

He also suggests noting the signs of a stroke by ‘BE FAST’:

B – Is there a loss of balance?

E – Is there a problem with eyes or vision?

F – Is there drooping in the face?

A – Is there arm weakness if you hold them out front?

S – Is there an issue with speech?

T – If so, it’s time to call 911.

ccording to the CDC, someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, so recognizing the signs means much more when every second counts.



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