2. Tedy Bruschi
Tedy Bruschi awoke in early 2005 with symptoms including numbness in his left side, a loss of balance, and a mild headache. This professional football player believed that strokes didn’t happen to young, healthy men such as him so he did not seek treatment until his condition worsened.
At the prime of his career he suffered this debilitating stroke but he was determined to relearn how to walk and talk. He inspired millions by not only making a full recovery but returning to football only eight months later. He was the first man to ever return to the NFL after suffering a stroke.