Sixty-six-year-old Tara Steele was in the middle of a three-week solo hike in the Sierra National Forest when she suffered a stroke on Sunday.
She says her daughter had made her take a personal locator beacon.
So Steele activated an SOS alert.
Emergency crews say if she didn't have that device, it may have taken hours, if not days to find her.
Steele says the stroke impacted her balance and vision.
But her resolve remains crystal clear.
"Being alive and doing what you love to do is really important, so that's what I'm going to do," she said.
Steele says she hopes to continue her hike as soon as doctors clear her.