Life after stroke: our patron, Megan Giglia, had a stroke at 27 but is now a paracyclist with Team GB!
Here she tells Oliver Lilburn who himself had a stroke at 18, why being a patron for Different Strokes is important to her and how she hopes to inspire and motivate other stroke survivors to try something new:
Filmed by Greg Hollingworth who had a stroke at 28.
Different Strokes was set up in 1996 by a group of younger stroke survivors who were fed up with all services for stroke survivors being designed for older people.
Their ethos was self-help and mutual support. Different Strokes still has this ethos today – 6 of our 7 trustees are stroke survivors, nearly all the paid staff are either stroke survivors or have close experience of stroke, and practically all the volunteers are stroke survivors.
We are very grateful to everyone who shares their experiences to provide support for other younger stroke survivors. Many of them have told us that being able to support others is a very positive experience for them – it makes them realise just how far they have travelled since their stroke and is a great boost to self-confidence and self-esteem. And of course they provide information and valuable support to those people who are seeking answers.
So please use other people’s experiences to help you, and contact us if you are happy to share your own story of life after stroke.