A health and fitness blogger has become paralyzed on one side of her body after suffering a stroke at the young age of 40.
Fernanda Ferreira built a loyal fan base of online followers after she began documenting her workout regimes and progress through Instagram.
But her life changed completely four months ago when she found herself unable to stand and had a headache.
Ms. Ferreira revealed to her online followers on December 2 that she had suffered a cerebral infarction and a stroke due to high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Speaking to local news in her native Brazil, the influencer explained, “I woke up on a normal Saturday with a bit of a headache.
“I decided to go to the bathroom and fell over. I called my neighbor because I couldn’t get up anymore. “
Mrs. Ferreira spent five days in intensive care and treated for another 25 days in a nursing ward.
She can no longer use the left side of her body and has to start the long process of learning to move and speak again.
“My time in the hospital was preparing for a new reality that will be completely different,” added the blogger.
Ms. Ferreira is now working with health professionals, a speech therapist, psychologist and nutritionist to help her rebuild her life.
And she is now documenting her recovery and progress online.
Revealing her experience to news outlets in the Brazilian coastal town of Santos, she continued: “A stroke takes away your exercise, it stops you from doing your activities, and this has made me very depressed.
“It was very good to see that it is possible to restore your life.”
After four months of treatment, Ms. Ferreira has made some progress.
She said, “Every day is a victory. Now it’s about living day by day.”
She also added a warning to others, saying, “I don’t wish this on anyone, so I’ll do whatever I can to help. I had high blood pressure and didn’t know.
“I also had high cholesterol and I didn’t go for tests no matter how bad I felt, so prevention is always important.”