Jim Daniel has two ways to remember the date of his first ischemic stroke, the one that tested his character.
First, it was just two days after another impactful event, the death of his father-in-law, Charles Roberts. And second, Daniel suffered this stroke on Sept. 11, or 9/11, in 2020.
A stroke can kill a person, it can just steal their abilities and test their character or it can be so light it goes unnoticed.
They happen in two ways. One is an ischemic stroke, a blockage of a blood vessel in or near the brain that damages it or actually causes a portion of it to die. It is sometimes called a mini-stroke.
The other is the hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel leaks or ruptures and likely causes brain damage or death. "Stroking out" laypeople sometimes call it.
Daniel, 57, worked at Detroit Tool since 1985, first as a helper and then working his way up to the third shift supervisor.
On Sept. 11, 2020, he had mowed the lawn of his home near Stoutland and wanted to take a power nap before he and his wife, Carla, met relatives for supper.
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