This is Joe Miller, a 25-year-old man who knows almost nothing about himself.
He doesn't know what his favorite ice cream flavor is, or his favorite movie and band. Miller even has a hard time remembering his sister's name.
But it's not because he has a bad memory. Right before his 25th birthday, Miller suffered a stroke that put him in a coma for two weeks.
"The day of the stroke, I was coming home from my sculpture class. I had a really bad migraine, so I went straight to bed. Next thing you know — three days later — my roommate found me passed out on the floor. He picked me up, gave me a shower (I had thrown up everywhere), and took me to the emergency room. They said I had a stroke. I had a collapsed lung because I had choked on my vomit," Miller writes in his article for People Magazine.
When Miller woke up, he remembered two things: his mother's face and that he was a painter. The rest of his memory was gone.
To this day, Miller says he doesn't remember 95 percent of his life. But he found an ingenious way to make some of the moments come back.
Miller uses his art and his Instagram account to regain his lost memories.
"Before my stroke, I had an avid Instagram addiction. When I first logged in after the accident, I was shocked. I kept going farther and farther back. It's insane how those little snippets of memories — videos, captions, photos — triggered certain memories. It's been a huge help," Miller writes.
"Ok so I now have official visual evidence that at some point I smoked," the caption reads.
He continues to sift through his memorablia in order to learn more about the person he used to be. But at the same time, Miller sees it as a totally new beginning.
"I'm determined to prevent this from ever happening to anyone again. And if it does happen, to have a better solution for young victims than being treated like a 70-year-old person," he writes.
There's not much left to say but "Go Miller!"
(H/T: People Magazine)
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