“I would consider Nov. 1, 2014, the worst day of my life,” said Merideth Gilmor, a Wilton resident of nearly 10 years.
While attending a wedding in the Berkshire Mountains of Massachusetts, Gilmor had a stroke.
Not only was Gilmor “an active mother” and founder of Modern Global Communications — a boutique firm that represents professional athletes — but she also had no family history of stroke.
“I was healthy,” she said, “and I had run eight miles that morning.”
“I never had anything slow me down before, but as I was crawling into bed after the reception,” she said, “I recall feeling a queer sensation — like I was about to sneeze — and then everything went black.”
Her husband, Mark, later told her that she had been rushed to a local hospital.
“I vomited and suffered a seizure. I had to be intubated to breathe and put into a medically induced coma to reduce the swelling in [my] brain,” said Gilmor.
“My dad came up with my son Colin, who was 9, to spend what they thought might be my last days.”
Since the local hospital in the Berkshires didn’t have a neurosurgeon, Gilmor said, she had to be medically evacuated to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where her husband was given four scenarios based on her CAT scans.
“I would probably be a vegetable, I would probably never walk or talk again, I would never be able to use the left side of my body or see through my left eye, and then the last scenario the doctor [told] my husband was, ‘There could be a miracle,’” said Gilmor. “I was blessed with the latter.”
Gilmor said she regained consciousness in the neurology emergency room and began a year of slow recovery.