BOISE - Among the hundreds who gathered at the state capitol today for the "Add the Words" rally was Senator Cherie Buckner-Webb, who is recovering from a recent stroke.
Last November, Senator Buckner-Webb suffered a mild stroke. She said she was speaking with her son and granddaughter using the FaceTime application on her iPhone when her son noticed that her face looked unusual and her speech was slurred.
But Senator Buckner-Webb was back in full-force at Saturday's rally.
"Absolutely unequivocally necessary for me to be here because I do believe in the rights and justice and fairness for every citizen of the state of Idaho," she said.
Senator Buckner-Webb said many members of the legislature have been reticent about the "Add the Words" cause.
"For some reason, I don't know how it happens, they seem to find ease in taking no action."
Buckner-Webb is not content with a lack of action, on a political issue or in her own life. Passionate about this cause, Buckner-Webb is equally passionate about her duties as senator.
"I'm committed to the citizens of the state of Idaho," said Buckner-Webb. "I believe its a charge that I have to keep, a calling that I need to step up to."
One of the biggest struggles, she said, was the recovery time after the stroke.
"For me, not fast enough, but I should be in a state of grace and gratefulness," Buckner-Webb said.
Buckner-Webb said she had to learn to let go of control, when her family insisted she was not OK and needs to go to the hospital.
"Know the signs of a stroke and listen when somebody tells you, 'I think you're in trouble,' because that was a little bit of the issue," she said. "I'm cool, I'm cool, I'm just tired." Sometimes you have to let go and let others lead, guide and direct you in a proper way."
She said the speedy response helped make sure she could recover.
St. Luke's has these "FAST" tips for anyone suspecting someone is having a stroke:
Face-drooping: Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the smile uneven?
Arm weakness: Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech difficulty: Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like, "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you will know when the symptoms first appeared.