Michelle Wulfestieg had her first stroke when she was 11. She was diagnosed with a rare vascular brain lesion, known as an Arteriovenous Malformation. At the time it was inoperable, so she endured radiation treatment, which paralyzed her right side.

“I was suddenly handicapped,” recalled Wulfestieg. “I had to write with my left hand, learn how to tie my shoes with one hand-everything you take for granted.”