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.
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 [...]
"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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]
"Then: It was a Friday afternoon in March 2014. I was 35 years old, overweight, but otherwise relatively healthy, or so I thought! One Friday afternoon, I had just been out on my lunch hour, and on my return to the office my mouth started to droop to the left. I was eating a chocolate [...]
"I was a ‘normal’ 18-year-old, who had just finished college studying Health & Social Care and working in a pub. On the morning of 4th August 2013, I woke early and was getting my clothes ready for work and then I decided I would go back to bed. I woke up an hour later. I [...]
"I’m Bram. I’m 61 now, but I was 60 when I had a stroke in April 2017. I have worked for nearly 30 years providing services for the homeless, people with addiction and people with mental health problems. At the time of my stroke I was CEO of a small mental health charity in the [...]
"My name is Jo Houghton I am now 45, I am a Diagnostic radiographer in Liverpool. I had my stroke in October 2015 just before My 44th birthday In January. Before my stroke I was healthy enough, didn't smoke or drink and exercised regularly. About 6-8 weeks before my stroke I had started falling over [...]
"I was a fit, healthy and outgoing twenty-five-year-old farmer living in a shared house with friends in Essex. My job involved a large amount of physical work and spending most of my time outside, which I loved. One Saturday in July 2011 my house mate found me collapsed on the upstairs landing of our house. [...]
"I was 37 years old when I had my stroke. It was totally unexpected. On Monday 20th May 2013 I had walked my son to school and when I got home I fell asleep. We’d had a busy weekend. I took my son on Sunday to bowling along with his friends because it was his [...]
"Ryley was a fit and healthy 14-year-old lad. He loved sport and ran competitively for a local athletics club, played football for a local team and was in the school athletics, football, and rugby teams. He was also a very clever lad attending our local grammar school in the top sets hoping to study law [...]
"My name is Rebecca Merritt and I am 34 years old. On the 13th June 2017 I suffered a stroke. I had been to work as normal and was at home for a quick shower and thinking about cutting the grass and making tea. My mum called round and as she was leaving (which i [...]
I had a stroke at age 47, 3 years ago. Having worked in Architectural and Surveying practice from the age of 20, I had been self-employed for around 18 years running my own Architecture and Surveying consultancy dealing with multi-million-pound projects, as well as being Managing Director of a Property Company for over 10 years. [...]
"As I write this my daughter Isabel will be turning 7 tomorrow. I can only describe her today as like a bottle of pop – just ready to pop (with the excitement of it all). In three weeks’ time, it’ll the her sixth “stroke anniversary” as she was just a year and three weeks old [...]
My name is Anna Smith Higgs. I am a stroke survivor, a burlesque dancer and an activist for sex for the disabled. I am passionate about strokes and life for the disabled. We are often overlooked, and our voices go unheard. I am here to change that. It was Christmas day 2004 when my stroke [...]
"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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
"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 [...]