Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is in the hospital recovering from a stroke she suffered last week.
The stroke Thursday was in an area of the brain where she had a tumor removed. Lewis was diagnosed with brain cancer in October 2014.
“Yeah, I had a stroke,” Lewis said Tuesday morning from the hospital.
“I’m going to be OK,” Lewis added. “They’re going to have me in working order soon.”
“I had a stroke last Thursday,” she said, but didn’t get confirmation from doctors until Sunday.
“It was a teeny, tiny one, where the tumor was,” Lewis said of the stroke.
“What happens is, anytime you have a surgery and radiation, the blood vessels around there become friable. (The stroke) was so tiny they couldn’t find it the first time they examined me.” […]
“It’s going to be a lot of work, it’s going to be a lot of physical therapy, that’s what it’s gonna be,” Lewis said.
* NBC 5…
Speaking from the hospital, Lewis, who in recent years had a tumor removed from her brain, said she suffered a stroke Thursday.
“I woke up, couldn’t move my left leg, my left hand,” she told NBC 5.
Lewis said she had no speech issues following the stroke and plans to use physical therapy to regain movement on her left side.
She remained in the hospital Tuesday but said she expects to be in rehab “very soon.”
* Mayor Emanuel…
“I reached out to Karen this morning to wish her a speedy recovery and, as anyone who knows Karen would assume, she was in a good humor. Karen Lewis has always been a strong voice for Chicago’s children and Chicago’s teachers, and the strength of her voice is only matched by the strength of her will. A stroke can’t keep Karen Lewis down.”
Amen to that. Hang in there, Karen.