Allison O'Reilly

Survivor Story by Allison O'Reilly and copyrighted 2015

Allison O'Reilly had a stroke in 2010. She also experienced the rare "Locked-In Syndrome". She was a woman engaged in a full-time career, her family, and her normal-yet-challenging everyday life. She then had a massive stroke.

Read Allison's story of "inspiration, love and hope," as well as sharing lessons learned during her devastating time. Allison says that she had been told that people think of her and how she overcame her challenges as a modern hero and is an invaluable role model for those with little aches and pains.

Allison's book, Out of the Darkness, is "a great gift for anyone needing a little inspiration. It is a personal look at the overwhelming challenges of a brain stem stroke, the painstaking process of relearning everything, the meaning of patience and the responsibilities that fall to a loving husband who wants the best possible treatment for his wife."

"Every stroke is different and every recovery is different. Out of the Darkness is not meant to downplay people's motivation or willingness to recover; it's my story of healing, as well as sharing lessons learned with others during this devastating time and to be a non-clinical voice for the medical community, especially for younger stroke survivors."

Read Allison's book Out of the Darkness to hear her full survivor story of her brain stem stroke, "Locked-In-Syndrome," and her fight to recover and regain her independence and life.