VIENNA, Va. (WUSA9) -- A bad headache. That was the sign Christie Arnold missed eight years ago.
Since she never got headaches, she figured it was just stress-related because she'd been working a lot.
"I took some Advil and figured I'd be all good," Arnold, 38, recalled.
But it wasn't.
"I had a blood clot in my brain," she explained. At only 30-years-old, Arnold had a massive stroke. She spent six months in a hospital and another two in rehab.
"There was every reason to believe she'd never be able walk," said Darlene Williamson, Executive Director of the Stroke Comeback Center in Vienna, Virginia.
Arnold couldn't talk ether, and there were only two works she could say: "The people."