Bill sits down with Erin Gianaras, who at age twenty-seven suffered a life-altering stroke while running errands on a hot summer day. Erin shares intimate details of that day and how she spent the past year recovering and rebuilding her life.
A stroke can happen to anyone at any age. A stroke occurs when blood flow to any part of the brain is cut off. Each year, nearly 800,000 people experience a new or reoccurring stroke, making strokes the fifth leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.
After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year.