Stroke survivor shares his story to help others

Bruce Schmoll said he’s one of the lucky ones.

Posted: May 10, 2018 8:07 AM
Updated: May 10, 2018 10:33 AM

CLAREMONT, Minn. – A few weeks after having a stroke, Bruce Schmoll is sharing his story to help others.

March 22nd started off as a typical day for him.

“I was getting up early, getting ready for the day and I grabbed my electric razor and began to shave,” he said.

That’s when the razor fell out of his hand.

“I reached down to pick it up and I couldn't close my hand. It wasn't working and I go, ‘this is odd,’” he said.

Bruce’s wife, who works in the medical field, quickly noticed his slurred speech and droopy left-side of his face.

“Right away she told me, ‘I think you're having a stroke, we need to call 911,” he said.

This surprised the active, softball-playing, 60-something year old farmer. Just the day before the stroke, he received a clean bill of health from doctors at his routine cardiac check-up.

“There was nothing there, significant in the testing or visit that day that would indicate I would have a stroke in the near future…so that was kind of interesting,” Bruce said.

Bruce spent three days in intensive care and did have some loss of peripheral vision. He said he still has some mental recovering to do.

“That's always in the back of my mind. 'Are you going to be able to function the way you did before something like this happens?'” he said.

But catching the stroke quickly lead to a full and quick recovery and is why he’s sharing his story.

“Educate yourself on what the symptoms are,” he said. ”Quick immediate attention can really improve the long-term outcome immensely. You can get back to a normal life.”

To learn more about the different kind of strokes and stroke symptoms, click here.

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