Asa

Asa was born in Austin Texas, brought to Bend for the warm summer days and the heavy powder ski slopes that surrounded the beautiful city. He was only a young man when his life changed overnight.

It all began on January 1st, 2016.  When Asa woke up to stiffness in his right arm, but thinking he had slept on it wrong, he simply brushed off the pain and went back to sleep. As he awoke again, he tried to make his way out of bed when he fell to the ground, not being able to move his right side, he instantly knew something was not right. After struggling to get his body to move, he eventually got ahold of a phone to call his friend for help. The person on the other side of the line picked up and as Asa went to try and explain what was happening, he couldn’t get the words out right to ask for help. Luckily, Asa’s friend could tell something was wrong due to the lack of Asa’s ability to form a sentence, so he immediately called for help and Asa was rushed to the hospital.

At the hospital, Asa was informed, he had suffered a stroke, and the effects it had on his body. He knew in that moment he needed to start the recovery process right away, and he did just that. Asa was in therapy since the day of his stroke, and to this day continuously works hard to become stronger and achieve the goals he has set for himself. After he was out of the hospital, he made a it a routine to walk to Jackson Corner and Thump coffee, and not just for the great cup of jo , but to help strengthened his body with every step.

Now a days you can find Asa working with Autistic children and giving back to the community. He also loves to individually work with other stroke survivors one on one to become stronger, and is a full-time student working hard to receive his master’s degree. He enjoys the outdoors and loves to spend time with is dog Fancy, who adores him.

“Stroke is something I am going to get over.” -Asa