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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.

Beth’s Story- Stroke at 23

Beth Boella survived a stroke 8 months ago aged just 23. This is Beth's survivor story. Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. We have personal experience of the realities of life after stroke. We recognise that the Different Strokes community of younger stroke survivors and family members [...]

May 18th, 2018|

Belinda’s Story – Stroke at 47

Belinda Medlock survived a stroke 3 years ago aged just 47. This is Belinda's survivor story. Different Strokes is run by younger stroke survivors for younger stroke survivors. We have personal experience of the realities of life after stroke. We recognise that the Different Strokes community of younger stroke survivors and family members [...]

May 11th, 2018|

Lolade Maja – Stroke at 32

I survived my stroke at 32.  Before the Stroke I was an energetic mother of two boys and was also in full-time employment as a Business Analyst. A couple of weeks after my birthday in April I started having throbbing headaches constantly, although I took painkillers.  The migraines got stronger and although I was in [...]

April 27th, 2018|

Anna’s Story

I am Anna – a 30 year old who was fit and healthy and worked as a children's nurse. I am outgoing and have a busy lifestyle with my little boy and family. I love to meet up with friends, trying new places and just loved to be on the go! I took my little [...]

April 20th, 2018|

Catherine Holland – Stroke at 40

I turned 40 and felt fitter and healthier than ever before.  Everything in my life had fallen into place – I was happily married with three amazing children and had a job that I love.  Things were going great until I had the biggest shock of my life. Three weeks after my fortieth birthday, in [...]

April 13th, 2018|

Olga Matthews

My Journey So Far In August 2003 life was great.  I had a good career and loved my work, I had a loving family and many friends.  I had just celebrated my 50th birthday, I was fit and well, busy and full of energy. I collapsed while on my way to work one bright sunny [...]

April 5th, 2018|

Greg’s Story – Stroke at 28 – 2018 Update

2013: “I’m excited to have the opportunity to thank Different Strokes for giving me something more useful to do with my time than I thought I’d ever be doing.  Whilst I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to many people who’ve rung the helpline. I’m sure there are many who are unaware of why I volunteered [...]

March 29th, 2018|

Sue Sandars

Before my stroke I was a full time working mum to Charles 19 years and Ed 13 years.  I was out each morning at 7.45am to travel to Leamington Spa, and mum’s taxi for rugby, cricket, football and after school clubs.  Charles was due to start University in September 2010, so we had done the [...]

March 23rd, 2018|

Jo’s Story – stroke at 34

For me it all started with ear ache or I should say pain in my neck around my ear and sinus pain along with nausea and high blood pressure.  For several weeks I visited my GP surgery. Many doctors missed the signs.  I was diagnosed with an ear infection even though they said they couldn't [...]

March 16th, 2018|

Rob Belt – stroke at 24

In December 2017 I stopped at the post office on the way home from work and as I went to get out of the car I suddenly found myself feeling very dizzy.  I had double vision and also became very hot and felt increasingly sick.  This feeling lasted for around 5 minutes and I somehow [...]

March 9th, 2018|

Ashley’s Story

"My name is Ashley, I'm 24 years old and seven years ago whilst on a driving lesson I had a stroke.  I had just turned 17 and was excited to get started with driving, but at the same time I remember getting extremely nervous and stressed before each lesson.  When it happened I was actually driving the [...]

March 2nd, 2018|

Beth’s Story- Stroke at 23

"I was 23 and I had just graduated from University and was looking forward to celebrating throughout the summer. I was at a music festival with a big group of friends, a couple of days in I started to feel ill and  I felt the need to take a nap on one of my friends [...]

February 23rd, 2018|

Bailey’s Story

"My name is Bailey and I am 15 years old; when I was three years old I had a stroke. Let’s jump back to 2005, I was just three and my Mum and Dad had just got married. Two weeks after they got married we went on their honemoon which doubled as a family holiday, [...]

February 16th, 2018|

Abbie’s Story

"I’m Abbie, I’m 28, and while I was recovering in hospital I decided to write my story so that I could look back and know I got through it.  I always read other people’s experiences hoping to find someone’s just like mine.  So, I hope now this can help someone else get through another day [...]

February 9th, 2018|

Lauren’s Story

"I had my stroke in September 2012 when I was just 20 and due to be returning to university a few weeks later.  It started very slowly and all I remember was having a horrendous one-sided headache and was occasionally sick when I stood up.  My mum is a nurse and was concerned but over [...]

February 2nd, 2018|

Sue’s Story

I’m Sue and my story begins in 2005 on a cold November Friday morning.  Everything was as normal except I woke up with a slight ear ache which I put down to an impending cold.  Working in the offices at a secondary school there are always colds and viruses knocking around.  I left the house to [...]

January 26th, 2018|

Connor’s Story

"When I was 14 when I had my first stroke.  After playing rugby league, I tore an artery in my neck, which caused a Basiler artery stroke.  A week later I had a second stroke, this time on my cerebellum. I woke in the night feeling dizzy and sick.  I thought I would be ok, [...]

January 18th, 2018|

Sarah’s Story

It was the start of a much needed Easter break after a hectic term teaching science in a local secondary school. I had been for a short run (5km) and was looking forward to a chilled day before a week of horse riding and gearing up for a half marathon in a months time. All [...]

January 5th, 2018|

Clark’s Story

After four years of trying to have a baby, in 2015 we found out that we were finally pregnant - with twins no less! We welcomed Clark and Dudley into the world in March 2016.  We noticed at 5 months old that Clark wasn't opening or using his right hand.  Our doctors vaguely mentioned “developmental [...]

December 15th, 2017|

Sarah’s Story

"My name is Sarah and I’m 40 years old. Before the stroke I was a HR Team Manager.  I was working on a high-profile project and I had just moved to a new house. I had been with my fiancé for 18 months.  Life was great. On Thursday 20th October 2011 at approximately 5pm, I [...]

December 15th, 2017|