Stroke kills thousands of Mississippians per year, and the state has one of the highest rates of both strokes and stroke deaths.
Tom Maynor knows what it's like to come back from a stroke, because he has first hand experience.
It has been 20 years for Maynor, and he says it is so important to know the symptoms of a stroke, and to get to a doctor as soon as you have any symptoms.
"Don't call your momma, call 911," says Maynor, "and go to the emergency room because those ER doctors can help you a lot if you get to the emergency room within 3 hours of the onset [of a stroke]."
Anderson Neurologist Jim Wolfe agrees, he says timing could be the difference between needing lifelong care, or living at home.
"If you have a heart attack you are in here in 20 minutes because your chest is killing you," says Wolfe, "but you can go weak on one side of your body and ignore it and take a nap thinking it will get better."
For stroke survivors, there is support out there. The Tom Maynor Rehabilitation Center is the only acute rehab facility in a 90 mile radius of Meridian.
Anderson South also hosts stroke support groups once a month, for more information, you can contact Anderson Hospital.