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Monona woman inspires hundreds after suffering two strokes


MONONA (WKOW) -- Inspired by her daughter and husband, a woman from Monona learns to run after suffering two strokes and losing the entire right side of her body.

Krissy Schintgen inspires hundreds of people in our community and around the world. At age 14, Krissy was learning again how to tie her shoes, write her name and get ready for the day in the mirror. She spent three months at a local hospital recovering from a stroke.

"I had a weak blood vessel, so I had to have brain surgery to fix that," said Krissy.

The second stroke came almost 10 years later.

"The second one I was 38 weeks pregnant with my daughter. I was 23. The bleeding actually stopped on its own or else it would have killed me," said Krissy.

Her daughter, Lily, was removed via C-Section and is now a thriving and healthy 4th grader. Krissy survived, but it was life-changing. She can't feel the entire right side of her body.

"You know when your foot falls asleep and it's tingling and you can't feel it, it's just very prickly and annoying," said Krissy. "That's what the entire right side feels like. There is no sensation."

Krissy used medication for pain and depression and felt physically disabled by a cane. That changed, nine months ago. Krissy wanted to run with her daughter, Lily, but couldn't because of her medical condition. She decided to give it a try.

"I was on heavy pain medications for my hip. I felt bad that I couldn't do that for her. The next day I dropped the cane and dropped everything and just went running and I haven't stopped since," said Krissy.

This weekend, Krissy will run in a race in Cambridge. She's training for the Color Me Rad race in August and her big goal is a half marathon in November.

Krissy's Facebook page and blog called "Not Fast, Just Fabulous" has inspired hundreds of people in our community and around the world.

"I'm helping them, but they're helping me more than I'm helping them," said Krissy. "I wake up every morning and see who I have inspired or who has a comment about what they do."

Krissy is raising money for her half marathon in November. She plans to give 100 percent of the funds to the Challenge Athletes Foundation to help other athletes achieve their goals, despite a disability. Click here for more information.

Click here for a link to find out more information about Krissy and click here for a link to her Facebook page.

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