get where I am now. It took years of overcoming emotional and physical challenges to recover. I had speech therapy and I had to learn to walk using parallel bars which was frustrating because each step seemed to take forever. I just didn’t want to be there and I was probably a trying patient.
“It was hard work but with the right attitude and enough support it’s possible to get your life back after a stroke.
“I quite like my accent although I didn’t even know I had one until my brother got me a mobile phone and I heard my own voice on the message-bank recording. Now there are few signs I’ve had a stroke apart from a slight laziness on my right side when I get tired.
“I’ve worked to raise funds and public awareness through the annual Stroke of Art Exhibition, my children are grown up and doing well – I’m really proud of them. Through my work with Stroke of Art I met and married Dr Christopher Green. My life is wonderful now and sometimes I wonder if someone planned all this. I’m grateful for everything – I have enjoyment and peace every day.”