EUGENE, Ore. - Megan McCombs started having severe headaches. Then her vision got blurry.
When her landlord checked on her 3 weeks after the symptoms started, Megan couldn't independently move her legs.
"My brain wouldn't accept that I had balance of two feet unless they were touching each other," she recalled.
At the ER, brain scans confirmed the news: the 24-year-old University of Oregon student suffered a stroke.
A blood clot had lodged in one of her veins, rarer than the strokes caused by blood clots in a brain artery. The condition has a 40 percent fatality rate.
That was October of last year.
Megan got rapid treatment for the stroke in the form of blood thinners and painkillers. The clot slowly went away. By March of this year, the clot was gone.
She said fear didn't really enter into her thinking during the entire ordeal, adding, "Nobody had done anything to me. I wasn't angry about it and there was no real reason to be afraid. I was where I needed to be."
Now Megan is upbeat about the future but wary: she has learned she has a genetic condition that predisposes her to this kind of stroke. She likely will take blood thinners for the rest of her life.
Watch a video explaining the kind of stroke suffered by Megan McCombs