May is Stroke Awareness Month: Learning the signs


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — May is Stroke Awareness Month and it’s important to know the signs of a stroke in order to get help as quickly as possible.

Many people think that strokes are only a risk for older adults, but it can happen to anyone.

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Author and mother, La’Wana Harris sat down on Good Morning Carolina to share the story of a stroke that affected her daughter when she was just 17 years old.

Since the stroke, her passion has been to spread awareness about the signs of a stroke, and what to do if a friend or family member is experiencing them.

Harris says by learning the acronym “F.A.S.T”, you could save a life.

F – Facial drooping

A – Arm weakness

S – Speech difficulty

T – Time to call 911

Thankfully, her daughter survived and now has a healthy child; however, Harris says strokes can be much more severe for younger patients because not as many people realize what’s happening.

To share how she and her family got through those tough times, Harris wrote a novella. In it, she details her testimony of faith and prayer during tragedy.

LaWana Harris signing a copy of her book (Photo:

She also writes children’s books, named after her grandson.

Her books are available to purchase at

This afternoon, La’Wana Harris will be at the Barnes & Noble in Mayfaire for a meet and greet and book signing from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’d like to learn more about the signs of a stroke or how to prevent them, visit the website for the American Heart Association or the National Stroke Association.