BEFORE YOU START: Please note that although I currently volunteer for both the Stroke Association and Age UK, the views expressed in this blog are strictly my own. I am not a spokesperson for either (or, indeed, for any) organisation. I am based in the UK and the blog therefore has a UK bias - I've tried to use the Glossary to explain any terms which might be ambiguous, but if you think there is anything I've missed, please message me.

Saturday, 7 April 2018


I did my usual walk around the stroke ward last week. On this occasion I was accompanied by another volunteer. I think this chap (who must have been in his seventies or eighties) had had seven strokes to date. Count them out! With just one stroke under my belt, I feel like I'm swinging the lead 😀. His most recent brush was more recent than mine.

Anyway, after walking around for 20 minutes, this guy needed to stop for a breather. I'm not knocking that - for anybody who's had a stroke, every ounce of effort is welcome, no matter how little.

But it reminded me - this time last year, that was me! It's not at all obvious, when you see yourself every day, that you are recovering, so you have to pick up on the signs.

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