“My name is Colette Evans, I am 55 years of age I am a store manager. I don’t smoke at all or drink to excess but I started to suffer with high blood pressure, and was being treated under my G.P.
One day, I was getting ready for work when I felt like someone had punched me in the left side of my head, my sight became blurry and my legs became weak. My daughter called an ambulance who rang straight through to the hospital to communicate to the stroke team, they were waiting for my arrival. I was thrombalised which caused a bleed, permanently damaging my sight
My recovery has been tough, I was always the one who did everything. It was frustrating not being able to feel ‘normal’ I felt old, it didn’t feel nice. But I tried to keep positive and couldn’t help but wonder why me?
I have returned to work part time which is hard going, I feel less confident. I still feel tired quite a lot and the constant shaking of my eyes make me feel sick at times, especially when tired. I get frustrated when people say you look ok, there is a lack of understanding of an illness when it is invisible to the outside world.
I came across Different Strokes on Facebook and it is a lifesaver for me. I would tell someone who has recently had a stroke to try to remain positive, even though it’s hard at times. Things do get better, try not to worry if it will happen again. Listen to your body and rest when you feel tired.”