Good News -“I Am Going To Kick This Stroke’s Butt!” – UPDATES HERE!

Carla from Hagerty

This past Thursday our friend and Captain of all Insurance at Hagerty, experienced a stroke while at work. We found out and kept this private since it’s a personal thing, and as much as we knew you would want to know we felt it was up to Carla to let folks know.

Lake Dora!

Carla reached out to us on Saturday and other friends on Facebook today.  And we are thrilled to report Good News. Carla will be back, but only after some serious time healing. To quote Carla via Text below

Carla is a good pal, and brings joy to so many.

“2 days in ICU, 3 days on post stroke floor have me already thinking of Sunnyland.”

Carla followed it by saying this to all of us.

“Seriously! Truly blessed with all the fine people in my life. No one is better than boaters..especially classic boaters! Got my IV’s out, working with various therapists, doctors etc.; however, waiting for BCBS approval to move to an intense 5 hour a day PT and OT daily regime. Once in, hope to be done in 1 month. I will live in a facility during the entire time. From there, pray for steady progression.  I am alive with very, very little speech impediment and no facial droop. Life is good. My new mantra “I am going to kick this stroke’s butt!” The Hagerty girl in the white jeans, blue shirt and black ball cap will return in the spring!!

Life is good.. I can heed a warning, Matt.”

WE ARE LEAVING THIS STORY LIVE TODAY-  This is the first time in our 10 year history we have done this. Carla is reading this and the support has been overwhelming at Hagerty and the Hospital. You can comment here to share best wishes and love! Carla is there for all of us! It’s great to know we are here for her!

67 replies
  1. Lew Dobbins
    Lew Dobbins says:

    Thanks Matt for the update. Carla is important to all of us and we wish her a speedy return to her life. We will miss her at Tahoe in 3 weeks.

  2. Wm E Fullerton
    Wm E Fullerton says:

    Remain positive Carla!
    I too have been there, though it took longer than I expected, no one would know.
    It will be the same for you!
    God Bless …


  3. Shannon K
    Shannon K says:

    Stroke picked the wrong woman to mess with! You’ve got this, Carla! We love you and are all pulling for you!

  4. Mark in da U.P.
    Mark in da U.P. says:

    So young and so pretty! It just shows that it can happen to anyone. We are with you Carla. Keep that positive attitude and stay strong. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

  5. Wudzgud
    Wudzgud says:

    Take one day at a time and keep that positive attitude! We need young people like you in this hobby!

  6. Dreed
    Dreed says:

    From second hand experience you will recover just fine with dedicated hard work. Thinking of you, and get well.

  7. Leslie Best
    Leslie Best says:

    Wife had one 2 years ago. Do the therapy and don’t let slow progress get you down. Time, patients and perseverance will overcome this. You’ve got the right attitude, God bless you and we are all praying for a full recovery.

  8. Ken MacStephen
    Ken MacStephen says:

    Your friends in Canada are sending their thoughts and prayers for you to win this fight, you won few!

  9. Pat wichman/Wicked Wood
    Pat wichman/Wicked Wood says:

    Get well soon Carla and I promise you another ride in my Prototype Resorter Jet Drive !

  10. Jim Murdock
    Jim Murdock says:

    Nobody promotes this hobby more than Carla she has earned our respect and has it from all of us, there is no doubt she will kick its ass go get um Carla!

  11. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you for a speedy recovery and with your positive attitude I’m sure we will see you back on the water and boat shows sooner than later. You brighten up every boat show that you attend!

  12. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    With all these folks hoping and praying for you , you are an odds on favorite for a full recovery… A boat show is not complete with out you in attendance, Pat & I are praying for a quick and full recovery.

  13. Jim Grant
    Jim Grant says:

    Carla praying for your full recovery. Wish I could have been there to entertain you like you did for me when I went to the emergency room at the Skaneateles Lake International Show.

    You are truly one of the most heart warming and caring people I have ever met.

    I know you will make a full recovery and by next spring you will be back to your old self.

  14. Carla
    Carla says:

    I am speechless, ME SPEECHLESS, and touched beyond words. The support and love that each and every one of you are showing me, makes me the luckiest person on this planet. I am a fighter and I WILL BE BACK in full swing. Already looking forward to a hug from all! I thank you from the bottom of my ❤️! Love you all!

    Shannon..a belated Happy Birthday. I remember we share the same bd (every year)😉. I was in ICU this year for mine, thus late by 5 days!

  15. Old Salt
    Old Salt says:

    May your restoration be as successful as all the best in shows combined! Get well soon Carla! …and go boating!

  16. WoodenRookie
    WoodenRookie says:

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, all the best to bounce back strong. Prayers for patience and the best results!!!!

  17. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Ronnie and I wish you a fast recovery, boat shows without your smiling face will not be the same…

  18. Wes Van Dine
    Wes Van Dine says:

    Wishing you a complete recovery. May you return better than ever. We are looking forward to seeing you at Sunnyland. Wes and Gail

  19. Tim Robinson
    Tim Robinson says:

    You go Girl. Tell your Boys if they need anything while you are recovering to call me 530-277-3204. Get well soon, will miss you at Tahoe.

    • Carla
      Carla says:

      Thanks much, Tim. They r struggling but plan on driving the 38 hours from San Diego once done here..a month or so. All will work out.

  20. BT @ Moonlite Bay
    BT @ Moonlite Bay says:

    Hi Carla, I had a stroke at 50, and am now 68 and loving life (and wood boats, and good beer, and ??). Your spunk will carry you through this! All of us at The Whitefish Chain Classic Boat show, and everyone at The Fabulous Moonlite Bay wish you a quick and complete recovery.

  21. Michael
    Michael says:

    As a fellow Stroke Survivor, all the best for a speedy recovery. Kudos to your staff at Hargett or wherever you were quickly getting you help. While I’m sure your care givers will recommend appropriate support systems for you, I’ve followed the National Stroke Association on FB since mine and find it helpful and informative. Again, all the best.

  22. Dick Dow
    Dick Dow says:

    Hey Carla, From the time we first met way back during the Cincinnati Symposium, your energy and positivity has always sparkled and will power you through this! Prayers for a speedy recovery and seeing that smile back in a boat soon!

  23. Stephanie S Ryan
    Stephanie S Ryan says:

    Carla: You have always been so strong. Keep up your ever so and always positive attitude and I am sending you strength. See you soon!

  24. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.
    Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh. says:

    Sorry to hear about your stroke, but happy to hear about your recovery and I love your attitude. Ginger and I wish you well. See ya in the spring at Sunnyland show

  25. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.
    Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh. says:

    Carla! Sorry to hear about your stroke, but happy to hear about your recovery and attitude. Ginger and I wish you the best and are keeping you in our thoughts.

  26. Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh.
    Bud Long Portage Lakes, Oh. says:

    Carla! Sorry about your stroke, but happy about your recovery and attitude. Ginger and I have you in our thoughts and wish you well.

  27. Terry Fiest
    Terry Fiest says:

    Lost for words——once again you caught me by surprise!!! Wishing you a fast and speedy recovery. Will certainly miss you at Tahoe. Counting on seeing you in Tavares next year. Sunnyland is pulling for you.

  28. Peter Morse
    Peter Morse says:

    (I wrote this on Facebook, but it deserves repeating here)
    Carla: I’ve always known you as an indestructible force. So I can’t imagine anything of consequence slowing you down. However, it seems you’ve met a match That has stunned many of us. However, your messages sound clear and strong. Your inner strength and outer beauty defies all foes! I pray your recovery goes quickly, painlessly, and leaves you restored as the strong, beautiful woman we all know you to be. Sincerest prayers for your complete and swift recovery!
    XO many times over!!

  29. Mike McBride
    Mike McBride says:

    So sorry to hear, but you have a great attitude to conquer your challenges. We will miss you at the lake James show in Indiana, but will expect to see you next year. We were really looking forward to enjoying your company, and showing you Indiana hospitality. Your dinner will be waiting for you at our house.

  30. PAUL and Jackie Mehus
    PAUL and Jackie Mehus says:

    Carla, wishing you a full and swift recovery! Your positive attitude and drive will rule the day!

  31. Bill Root
    Bill Root says:

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery from ALL your Sunnyland friends. We already have your spot marked out for next year’s show.


  32. Stan Petersen
    Stan Petersen says:

    “Life Is Good” T Shirt is on its way from Mount Dora. Wear it with pride. Our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery are being sent heavenward. See you in March.

  33. mike fogarty
    mike fogarty says:

    Carla, what a great attitude you display. That is so important to your recovery which we pray will be complete. Hope to see you at Port Huron. Mike, Bonnie and Brian Fogarty from the Indian Lake ACBS Chapter

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