Country star Chely Wright, 48, mistakes severe stroke for migraine

Country star Chely Wright initially mistook her stroke for a migraine. Photo: Getty

Country singer Chely Wright has opened up about suffering a stroke, which she first mistook for a headache, in a candid new Facebook post.

The 49-year-old shared the news with her fans on the one-year anniversary of her hospitalisation for the medical incident—one where symptoms mirrored those of a severe migraine.

“Exactly one year ago today, I went to the ER at Lenox Hill Hospital because I was on Day 3 of a migraine, which isn’t uncommon for me,” she wrote in the candid post.

“Because I had shows booked for the coming weekend, I wanted to get this headache out of the way.”

How it all unfolded

The star went on to recall dropping her six-year-old twins off at school and heading to the hospital with her wife, Lauren.

Following this, doctors began to be “troubled” by her “headache” symptoms.

“After a series of diagnostic tests, I was informed that I’d had a stroke. A stroke. I’d just turned 48,” she wrote.

Despite her surprise, Chely admitted that she “sort of knew it” since the pain she had been feeling was unlike any other headache.

She revealed, “I’d even said aloud to myself in the bathroom mirror, ‘Did you have a stroke?”

On the anniversary of her stroke diagnosis, Chely said she is “OK.” By sharing her story, she is hopeful that more people will become educated on the signs and symptoms of stroke.

“Pay attention to your body and encourage your love ones to do the same,” she cautioned fans.

“Again, I am okay and very grateful to have access to quality medical care. As we all know, not everyone has that luxury. We have to fix that.”

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