Hey Brothers! I have been a member here for a few years. I am thankful and lucky to be alive and able to type these words. God is good! My Faith has taken a strong move forward. I say this because 6 days ago I woke up with the whole left side of my body completely numb and stiff. Long story short...I had a Stroke. I am 42yrs old and never thought it could happen to me. I am fit, active, and have a very physically demanding job. Unfortunately I smoked almost 2 packs a day and that is what almost killed me last Thursday. Everyday I have gotten a little better, I couldn't even write my name much less type anything. I am very Blessed and thankful to be alive. Unfortunately this event has caused me to not be able to work for at least 6 weeks or more depending on my recovery. I have NEVER been one to ask for any type of hand out or help. But this time I am surrendering everything to God and am letting what happened to me be a lesson to myself and hopefully encourage others to stop smoking before it is too late. As I said...I'm not one to accept charity or help very easily but, I feel moved to let you guys know I am struggling to make all ends meet. With having to start rehab this Friday and not able to return to work until released from my Dr, I am a little overwhelmed with everything that will be piling up due to my unemployment. I know I am not the only one here who is a stroke survivor and would love to talk to anyone that would be willing to help me. Times are tough for me but I am trying to keep a positive mindset and focus on my recovery. If anyone would like to help me in any way possible please PM me or email me at [email protected] That is also my PP address. I never ever thought I would be in a situation where I may need to ask for help...but I am. Please feel free to email or pm me if you feel moved to help me. Sincerely, Ryan Evers. Thanks to all you guys for just being there...and please stop smoking. My Dr said I am a lucky SOB.....well I feel moved to spread that word. So Glad to be alive and fortunate to help others in the future. God Bless. And Thank you from the bottom of my heart for any support anyone may be able to help with. Thoughts and prayers for my Family also since this affects them as well. My Goal is to be able to do the Get Up Dance again with my 7yr old daughter who happens to be the light of my life.