in the tradition of giving by making a much-appreciated contribution.
Survivors of the Month
and Earl are identical twins. Gene was a newlywed and a substance
abuse counselor in Jamaica Queens, NY and Earl was a detective for
CVS in New York City. Gene had a stroke on February 6, 2004. Earl
made the statement that he wished he could trade places
with Gene. Earl had a stroke only two months later, April 13, 2004.
Their story is an unusual one.
Eugene and Earl Pendarvis
(Gene left, Earl right)
Mt. Vernon, NY and Bronx, NY
"I was taking the train on my way to work that morning. It was
snowing. All of a sudden I couldnt see out of the left side.
I knew I was having a stroke. I started losing the feeling in my left
side. I called my wife and told her I had a TIA. She told me to go
to Grand Central to the information counter and tell them to call
EMS, which they did. They came and took my vital signs and told me
to relax. They put me in the back of the ambulance going to the hospital
to be examined. I was fully conscious through the whole event.
Once I got to the hospital, they said Id had a stroke and that
it didnt look good. They didnt think I was going to survive.
They wanted to operate on my head and operate on my brain. My wife
said, No. And the Lord healed me.
I thank God that Im here today to tell you this story. Its
not a pleasant story, but Im coming back. Im working very
hard every day physical therapy two times a day. Im working
to get the strength back in my body. I cant walk yet but Im
trying to walk. My brother is walking but his voice hasnt come
back yet. It affected his speech. It didnt affect my speech.
It affected the left side of my body.