E3 P1 : Jennifer Kirchen

Episode Information

According to the CDC, stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States and can happen to anyone at any time. Nearly 12 years ago, Denise’s guest, Jennifer Kirchen, suffered a stroke at the age of 36. In part one, Jennifer talks about her career in the adult protective services industry and what happened on that fateful day in 2010 that changed her life forever.

About Jennifer Kirchen: Jennifer is an eleven-year stroke survivor. In 2010, at the age of 36, Jennifer suffered a massive ischemic stroke that left her paralyzed on her right side and unable to speak initially. Her social work training and experience helped her recognize the signs of stroke, and she sought medical treatment immediately. Following her stroke and through her recovery journey, she has made it her mission to educate the community and support other stroke survivors and their families through facilitating support groups, fundraising, hospital peer visiting, media interviews and other speaking engagements. She aspires to be an inspiration to other stroke survivors with the motto, “I can do it.”