Chelsea Keenan: Stronger Every Day
Singing from NY to LA, Chelsea has been blessed with an amazing music career for at least 10 years! Chelsea's mission is to raise awareness for others that are dealing with sickness and invisible illnesses; to show them that we can get through this together.
Currently, releasing a single and working on a new album, Chelsea is using her experiences to fulfill her mission through music.
Hi, my name is Chelsea; I had my first stroke when I was 18. Back then, I was really into singing. I was signed to a label and I had just finished my last concert before I was supposed to go on tour. But ending up in the hospital with my stroke gave me a huge change of plans. I spent months in the hospital because doctors weren’t sure why I had a stroke in the first place. This was one of the scariest moments of my life because in a matter of seconds, I lost my dream and my ability to walk. Once the doctors felt I was strong enough to go home, I started doing physical and speech therapy. It was so painful and difficult, but in the end it helped tremendously.
I thought that I was okay for the most part, then I ended up having another stroke. This one was the hardest stroke to cope with because it made me lose my memory. I couldn’t remember anything from the past 6 years and my short term memory was just as bad. My family members were all grown up, we lived in a different city, and I didn’t know anything about myself. I know I said my first stroke was the scariest moment, but I take it back, losing my memory was the scariest.
Thankfully, my speech therapist was there; she helped me so much when it came to my memory. She gave me great ideas like making a video explaining things, putting sticky notes all over the house, creating a scrapbook describing my family and things they like now, and keeping a journal. I still feel like I’m in a different dimension, but I can remember a little better and it’s not as scary.
I started to get stronger every day until I was back on my feet for the most part. I experienced a lot of TIA’s but I had a really great year of no strokes; my last stroke was in January 2020. I had to basically start all over again with therapies and I was so upset about it. I didn’t understand why this keeps happening and I still don’t. But I was so determined to not let it stop my dreams anymore. I did as much therapy as I possibly could, I took everything I wrote in my journals and turned them into songs, and I started my own record label. I’m not 100% recovered (I literally had the worst day yesterday and my body decided to forget all the therapy I’ve been doing) but I have faith that this won’t hold me back.
I’ve combined my love of singing and my experiences into songs based around the journal my speech therapist encouraged me to write. You can learn more about that on my website. I’m so excited that I get to share my story with you!