Stroke that hos­pi­talised her for months

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS -

numb­ness on one side of the body, in­clud­ing legs, hands or feet, dif­fi­culty find­ing words or speak­ing in clear sen­tences, sud­den blurred vi­sion or loss of sight in one or both eyes, sud­den mem­ory loss or con­fu­sion, and dizzi­ness or a sud­den fall, or a sud­den se­vere headache.

Ms Thomas-nor­man ex­plained how her ex­pe­ri­ences have had quite an im­pact on her life. “I was a driver for dis­abled chil­dren and ran my own busi­ness,” she said.

“I also used to su­per­vise chil­dren around their lunchtimes in a school.

“It has been ter­ri­ble. I would cry all the time. It’s a lot to take in, you want your life back.

“The day you are called dis­abled is a tough one to take.

“I looked af­ter three kids for 20 years, Cameron, Scott and Erica. When they started work and col­lege ev­ery­thing was start­ing for me, and then this hap­pened and it was all taken away.

“I was in hos­pi­tal for al­most two months. They said it would be longer, but I was de­ter­mined to get out – so I’d make any­one who vis­ited help me walk up and down the ward and bang my crutch, say­ing I’m leav­ing – and I did get out ear­lier.”

Ms Thomas-nor­man has since made changes in her life to en­sure she turns her ex­pe­ri­ences into a pos­i­tive.

She is part of the Sin­gle­ton Hos­pi­tal Stroke Ward Sup­port Team on Ward 7 where she helps of­fer sup­port to stroke vic­tims.

And she at­tends the Arni (Ac­tion for Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion from Neu­ro­log­i­cal In­jury) re­ferred by Sur­vivors of Stroke Wales.

“I have got an adapted car, I go to a stroke group and I am part of a new stroke sup­port team at Sin­gle­ton Hos­pi­tal ev­ery Thurs­day,” she said.

“All of us have had strokes on the team and all have a story to tell.

“The Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion has been so good to me. I wanted to feel there had been a rea­son for my stroke so I’m giv­ing back.

“I just want to say a big thank you to the Stroke As­so­ci­a­tion Group, they helped me get back on my feet and showed me there is life af­ter a stroke.”

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