Country singer Chely Wright opens up after having a stroke

The country star thought she was suffering from migraines, and now is speaking out about her health scare and what women should know about the signs of stroke.
4:34 | 11/04/19

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Now to our "Gma" cover story, country star chely Wright revealing for the first time what she thought was a migraine was actually a stroke. Now she hopes her story will help other women know the warning signs. Stephanie Ramos is here with that. Good morning, Stephanie. Reporter: Initially country music star chely Wright says she thought service a headache but after several days of pain she went to the hospital to get it checked out and now she's sharing the frightening health news, telling fans in a candid Facebook post she'd had a stroke and what signs you need to look out for. That keeps changing your mind Reporter: She's the voice behind the hit "Shut up and drive." So shut up and drive Reporter: Country singer chely Wright posting to social media this weekend to share a terrifying health scare. Some personal news I'm sharing for the first time. Exactly one year ago today I went to the er at Lenox hill hospital because I was on day three of a migraine which isn't uncommon for me. The doctor I saw whom I'd seen before was troubled by some of the symptoms of that day's headaches. After a series of diagnostic tests, I was informed that I'd had a stroke. The 49-year-old country superstar and mom to twin boys reveals she wasn't completely surprised by the diagnosis. I sort of knew it but I had been experiencing with that headache and leading up to that headache was different. I'd even said aloud to myself in the bathroom mirror, did you have a stroke? According to the national institutes of health, symptoms of a stroke include sudden weakness, paralysis or numbness of the face, arm or leg, confusion, trouble with speech or vision, problems breathing, dizziness or loss of balance and severe headaches. I guess we get through life Reporter: Right now she says she's doing okay using the year anniversary to share her story in hopes of educating others on possible signs of a stroke. The reason I'm sharing this is so you all might take a moment to refresh your understanding of stroke and the symptoms of a stroke. Pay attention to your body and encourage your loved ones to do the same. Wright is asking her fans to share her story and they're doing just that. The post already gaining so much support receiving thousands of responses. Robin. All right, Stephanie, thank Stay right there. I was at a Brooklyn nets game last week and the national anthem was sung by that woman right there, Stephanie Ramos. She was incredible. Thank you so much. It was an honor to be invited. I had no idea. Surprise. I know, I got nervous because they said someone from ABC news is here to sing the anthem and started looking at me, it's not me. I got you. Thank you, Stephanie, so much. Chely Wright can sing as well, okay. She said there were similarities between the migraine and the And the stroke and here's the thing, robin. We have two sayings in medicine, common things occur commonly, migraines are more common than stroke but have another practice where we exclude the most dangerous things, the things that can kill you first when trying to figure out a diagnosis so when you look at some of the similar symptoms, migraine versus stroke, as we heard, severe headaches, sometimes people with migraines and stroke can get a change of their vision or a vision sensitivity and symptoms of both can be felt on one side of the head, face or body so it can be difficult to decide and it's not up for the patient to make that diagnosis. Okay. It is the third leading killer among women. Women more so than men die from a stroke. Exactly. Why is that? We don't totally understand it. It's complex. Part of the reason, we tend to deny things and say, this is not a good time. I'm not going to seek medical attention but there are also some hormonal factors and know there are certain reproductive or ob/gyn issues including gestational diabetes or pre-eclampsia. Use of hormonal birth control or hormone therapy or those who smoke may be at higher risk. This is a medical emergency and goes by the ago name F.A.S.T. Face dropping, a is arm weakness. S a problem with your speech. T, this is a medical emergency. It is time to call 911. Time equals brain. When in doubt check it out. So glad chely is doing as well as she is and sharing as much as she is. Awareness is key. Thank you. You bet.

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