Nola Theiss' Story

During a stroke, seconds saved my life.

Signs of a Stroke

As the founder of a nonprofit organization, Sanibel resident Nola Theiss, knows what it means to be in control. She runs her venture from her office on Sanibel Island, often traveling around the country to speak on the danger of human trafficking—but it was a danger close to home that threatened her life last year.

Nola was working in her home office when she became dizzy and collapsed on the floor. Her husband recognized the signs of a stroke and called for help. "I said, 'I'm not having a stroke,'" Nola says.

When Minutes Matter

Fortunately, EMS arrived quickly and got her to the hospital within a short period of time. With the help of Dr. Adam Heller, and the advanced techniques of the stroke center, Nola spent only a few days in the hospital, and returned to work part-time within three weeks. Today, she works full-time, devoting her energy to her cause, without any long-term side effects.

"It was such a shock to me that I would have a stroke," Nola says. "I had such great support from everyone. I still work, but now I try to pace myself more than I did before the stroke."