WASHINGTON, February 16, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Popular voice-over artist Cayman Kelly has opened up to candidly discuss a catastrophic health condition he recently suffered. This past Martin Luther King jr. day, the January 17, Kelly began to experience a rapid loss of sensitivity and sensation in her right hand. Throughout the day, as symptoms progressed to include slowed motor response time and cognitive impairment, Kelly tried to ignore what was happening because he had a busy work schedule. It wasn’t until Kelly’s wife first noticed his symptoms that he was rushed to hospital. ER doctors confirmed what she suspected: the popular Monday Night Football voice was suffering from an ischemic stroke due to a blood clot in the brain.
“It was absolutely unreal, this whole day,” Kelly said. “At first I had been lying on the floor for a few minutes, so when my hand started going numb, I thought I had been lying on it too long. The symptoms became much more intense – I was trying to type an email on my phone and noticed how hard it was trying to finish the message. Then I started dropping my phone on the floor repeatedly. When I’m went to wash my hands, i started to notice how much i was cognitively slowing down because i wasn’t actually washing my hands, even though i was there with the water running. even though the feeling in my fingers never returned, I ignored it and went on with my day.
Kelly said he was able to walk normally that day – albeit in a fog – and even drove to pick up his children from a dentist appointment. He was completely unaware that his time was running out.
“Later I went into my studio and I kept thinking, ‘I’ve got work to do – it’s going to get better soon.’ I knew something was wrong, I had lost motor skills in my right hand, but I was just going to “man up” and hoped things would be better Luckily my wife was off that day- there. She called me away from a date and that’s when I confessed that I wasn’t having a good day. I explained what I was going through and she asked me if I had dialed 911. I said, ‘No, I haven’t, I’ll be fine.’ She then gave me a choice, either I could call 911 or she was going to take me to the ER when she got home. As soon as she got home, she said let’s go! She drove me to the emergency room. And even while she was driving me there, I just kept trying to work on my phone and my messages, which I was still having trouble doing, but I kept trying to play like I was fine. I was in denial! I talk a lot about my wife because she encouraged me to do most of the things I do in my career and I always try to let her know how grateful I am for everything she has done! Now I have to thank her for saving my life! that I had a stroke. The day after my admission, she was giving me breakfast when I had a real seizure. It was really intense.
Many studies show that men don’t take their health seriously. Two-thirds of men – or 65% – wait too long to see a doctor, even when they have severe symptoms. And more than 65% of men try to self-diagnose before going to the doctor – searching online to solve major medical mysteries rather than consulting a professional. For most men, it’s a deep-rooted cultural and gender issue: a “male thing.” Men often put their health on the back burner because “real men” are taught from an early age never to complain, even when they are sick or in pain. And this attitude kills men far more often than women.
“I am happy to say that I am almost completely recovered now. Even the doctors were surprised at how quickly I bounced back. I am using my hand fully and the stroke has not affected my speech. But it was a warning – a big one. And this time I’m listening. I’m going to take it easy for a while – make some changes. I just want men to hear my story so they start taking their health more seriously Health definitely needs to be at the top of your priority list, because if it’s not, you won’t be around long enough to worry about the rest.
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About Cayman Kelly: The National Voice of Monday Night Football
Cayman Kelly is the widely recognized imaging voice for several radio stations, including POWER 105.1 in New York, “The Breakfast Club” and host of the popular national show on SiriusXM’s Heart & Soul. Recently, Kelly was cast as the featured voice for the SPLAT! “GAME PLAN” image library, and he continues to be the national voice of ESPN and NFL Monday Night Football – the first African American to achieve this position – while also serving as the new imagery voice for the NHL. Learn more about his life and work at: www.CaymanKelly.com.
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