May 11, 2019 Latest post:
Jan 29, 2020
Welcome to our CaringBridge website for Dana Holloran. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
On Friday, May 3rd, 2019, Dana suffered a massive stroke during an acute illness. She had gone to the ER at Doctor’s Hospital for some GI symptoms during the night and seemed to be feeling much better that Friday morning. Then without warning, she experienced the stroke while still in the hospital there. She received lifesaving medications including the clot buster drug, TPA, and treatment and was then transferred to Sarasota Memorial Hospital that same day where she was admitted to the ICU. Over the next 48 hours, the doctors and neurologists worked to get her stabilized and determine the impact of the stroke. Her friends and Cardinal Mooney family gathered in support and prayer for their smart, beautiful, and irreplaceable friend. During this time, her dear friend, Pam Kolb, stepped in as medical proxy to help with the many decisions and tasks that were needed in these early days. It would not have been possible to manage without her.
Dana’s stroke was an ischemic stroke which means that a clot blocked blood flow to a part of the brain for a period of time. The stroke affected areas in the left side of her brain that control expressive language (speech) and movement of her right side. Dana understands much of what is being said (her receptive language is improving); however, she currently has some difficulty speaking and writing words. This will improve with rehab and therapy.
Friday, May 10th: One week since the stroke. Dana has shown amazing progress this week! Your thoughts and prayers have made a huge difference already in her recovery. Miracles are in progress.
Moving forward from this point, we will be using this page to update friends and family about Dana’s progress. This is a restricted access site to maintain Dana's privacy as only general announcements (regarding Dana being on a medical leave of absence) have been shared with students and parents at this time. You can also leave Dana notes in the “Well Wishes” section. If you have questions or would like to help in some way, check the “How to Help” Tab or contact one of the individuals below: