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Survivor Stories

You may find it helpful and encouraging to read our stroke survivor stories, particularly if you have shared some of the experiences and are able to identify with emotions, feelings and issues raised. Knowing that you are not alone and that other people are also reclaiming their lives after stroke can help reduce feelings of isolation. It can also be useful to read about different coping strategies that other younger stroke survivors have used.

People often find that writing their story can be difficult but it can also be a cathartic and positive process, as it can help in reaching acceptance and moving forward.

If you would like to share your story, please email us. You are welcome to include photos and also a contact email address if you’d like people who read your story to be able to get in touch.

Emma’s Story

"I'm Emma and I had my stroke in May 2017 (aged 27). I had started university in March to follow my dream career of becoming a Paediatric Nurse and on the Wednesday (the day of my stroke) I had successfully completed a presentation assignment. As we had completed the assignment some of my friends and [...]

November 17th, 2017|

Tracy’s Story

My name is Tracy Emerson-Smith and I am 50 and single, living in Birmingham.  I had my thalamic stroke six weeks after my 50th birthday in April this year I guess on reflection the warning signs were there... I have worked in the homeless sector for the last 25 years and it has been more [...]

November 10th, 2017|

Pauline’s Story – Stroke aged 28

Two years ago, when I was 28, I had a stroke. I was on maternity leave from the rapidly expanding cleaning company I had set up in 2013. My three children were aged 10, 8 and 4 months. It was the 25th October 2015 and I was a passenger in the back of my then [...]

October 19th, 2017|

Lydia’s Story – 1 Year On…

"I wanted to update you as survivor stories are the only thing that has got me through the last year , reading them and being inspired to keep going helps me out. So as I approach a my 1st year stroke birthday next month I wanted to share again . “The day our lives changed [...]

October 13th, 2017|

Jude’s Story

From the age of 22 I lived and ran pubs, so I used to drink and smoke a lot. I also looked after horses and used to go to feed them every day. On March 4th, 2003, I didn’t turn up to feed the horses and my friend who owned the stables became worried and [...]

October 6th, 2017|

Solange’s Story – Caring for Michael

"A great professor said to me the other week, ‘the word stroke is a small word but it has such a devastating effect” How true. This is a little insight of a very clever man and the life changing stroke he had, together with the effect on me, his partner and now carer. I hope [...]

September 26th, 2017|

TIA and onwards – Chris’s Story

  On March 23rd 2016 I had a TIA – although I did not know it at the time. A slackness of jaw and slurred speech for….about ten seconds. I was driving at the time – and continued driving. The next day I telephoned my GP and suggested we meet up, but the wait would [...]

September 18th, 2017|

Derek’s Story

My name is Derek I am 58 and I am a stoke survivor. I was in my early 40s, working as an Independent Financial Advisor, working hard for long periods of time. I was close to hitting the next financial bonus, it was only April, that bonus would set me up for the year. This [...]

September 14th, 2017|

Susan’s Story

I am Susan, I am 58 years old and I was a housewife before my stroke which happened in May 2016 it happened on a Saturday night when I was talking to my neighbours in my garden. It felt like an electric shock going down my left arm. At first, I thought I might be [...]

September 8th, 2017|

Colette’s Story

"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 [...]

September 1st, 2017|

Michelle’s Story

"I had my first stroke in 2009 aged 29 I had been poorly for a while but nobody knew why. At the time, I was working as a drug dispenser in a well-known high-street pharmacy. I had a lot of time off and was undergoing lots of tests. I was struggling to breath, but all [...]

August 24th, 2017|

Diane’s Story

I was 48 and working in a bakery as a sandwich maker I would start work at 6am and finish at 2pm and believe it or not, it was a stressful job. I have three sons’ and at that time they were 27, 25 and 15 and my husband worked (still does) with the Police [...]

August 17th, 2017|

Paul’s Story

Pauls Story  "Three years ago, life was beginning to look hopeful, my 14 year old son was nearing the end of 8 months chemo for bone cancer. It started with a headache, I had set off to collect the car to take my family home from the hospital. To get to our car I had [...]

August 10th, 2017|

Isabel’s Story

Isabel's Story  "I had a very bad stroke at 48 and I have never recovered but I have upgraded myself although that took about five years. I had a very dense right hemiplegia and sensory deficit on the right side. Also I had expressive dysphasia and was dependent for all activities of my daily living. [...]

May 21st, 2017|

Lisa’s Story

Lisa Beaumont Becoming myself My new kind of normal Six years ago Lisa’s life changed dramatically, and forever. Now, still in her forties and a survivor of brain haemorrhage and stroke, her future looks very different to the one she’d imagined. Here is her story… Early in January 2011 l woke after a good night’s [...]

May 17th, 2017|

Genise’s Story

Genise was aged 34 and mother to a baby girl when she had her stroke. Here she talks about how the stroke impacted her life, career and parenting. A few years later her husband also suffered a stroke. Genise now uses these difficult and unique experiences to help other families affected by stroke [...]

May 17th, 2017|

Greg’s Story

Greg was 28 years old when he had a stroke. Here he discusses how stroke changed how people treat him and transformed his attitude to life. Greg now works for Different Strokes using his experience to help other younger stroke survivors, providing  support and advice online and on the telephone when they need [...]

May 17th, 2017|

Oli’s Story

Oli had his stroke at 18, here he talks about why he had his stroke and how it has affected him both when it happened and in the long-term.

May 17th, 2017|

Fran’s Story

Fran Mason "On 3rd December 2013, when I was only 18 years old, I had a 1 in 13 million chance of a Spinal Stroke C6 - T2. I was told at Sheffield spinal unit that I was never going to walk again ever.. but that didn't stop me! I managed to plant my feet [...]

May 14th, 2017|

Sarah’s Story

Sarah Gray  456 days. It's been 456 days.... But 7 days ago I joined this group and since then have been reading your posts. I've read months worth to get an understanding of the different ways you have all been affected by this stoke, the world I now live in. So 456 days ago at [...]

May 7th, 2017|