Lessons From Interviewing a Woman Who Had a Stroke before 20

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WASHINGTON- (WUSA9) Some of the greatest stories you will hear are from people you are sitting next to on the train, the person you bumped into while texting and walking, the person looking so serious, dazing off into space, while sitting alone at the coffee shop. 

One of the main reasons, if not the main reason, I chose journalism, is to listen and learn from other people's stories. Listening to his or her story and then giving the person an avenue to share their story with the world.


What brings people together and makes people feel less alone is the sense of relating to one another. The stories that allow people to relate to each other are what make true differences in people's lives.


The last story I went on was a feature story on a woman named Aqualyn Laury. We did this piece for the health and medical segment of our news show and in preparation of the American Heart Association Heart Walk.


Aqualyn had experienced a stroke her freshman year of college. She was walking to class the first month of school and heard a pop in her body. Suddenly, her sense of sight and smell was extremely enhanced. She could see the color of the grass in an uncanny shade of vivid green. She could smell every single thing. When she spoke, she thought she was speaking normally, but everyone heard her speaking as muffled sounds. She soon could only speak one syllable words.


Eventually, she got to the hospital and upon leaving she learned what happened to her was hereditary. She found out her grandmother, the youngest of ten, lost all her siblings to strokes.

Aqualyn continued on with her story and I was so incredibly intrigued. This woman, whom I would have never met if it wasn't for this interview, had such a fascinating story filled with lessons. Chances are, if we walked past each other on the busy streets of DC, the most we'd do is exchange a smile, because that's the most strangers do.

Learning this story made me want to walk up to a random stranger on the street and simply ask them to tell me a story. I believe the people we encounter are always a teacher and we are students and vice versa. There are endless lessons to be learned and it is important to just listen. Take the good, leave the bad, and understand new perspectives.

So, that is what I wanted to share for now. I am going to go back to editing this news package on Aqualyn!


Noor Tagouri





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