Road to re­cov­ery: Carol gets con­fi­dence back with char­ity’ s sup­port

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS SPECIAL -

Carol, 62, who lives in Bridge of Don in Aberdeen, suf­fered a stroke a year ago. Along with the phys­i­cal ef­fects of the stroke, her abil­ity to process numbers and to read and write was af­fected. She lost so much con­fi­dence she stopped leav­ing the house, even to go into the gar­den. The only ac­tiv­ity she felt ca­pa­ble of was tak­ing her dog, Pan­cho, out for very short walks. When she met Sue Ry­der’s se­nior sup­port worker, Stacey, for the first time, Carol said she was not pre­pared for ev­ery­day chal­lenges, and as she did not feel con­fi­dent enough to leave the house, she didn’t feel part of her com­mu­nity. She did not feel wor­thy of help, be­liev­ing “there must be other peo­ple out there who would need help more”. But, af­ter spend­ing a bit of time to­gether, Carol de­cided she wanted to fo­cus on get­ting out dur­ing the day, go to see the school nearby be­ing built and walk to the Ster­ling fur­ni­ture store for a cof­fee. With Stacey’s sup­port, Carol went for short walks, grad­u­ally build­ing up her strength and con­fi­dence. She man­aged to travel a bit fur­ther ev­ery week and when she made it to the shop, she couldn’t be­lieve it. Along the way, she re­ceived her per­sonal in­de­pen­dence pay­ment (PIP) ben­e­fits form and was anx­ious about com­plet­ing it be­cause of the im­pact the stroke had on her abil­ity to read, write and deal with numbers. How­ever, af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to Cash in your Pocket, an Aberdeen-based char­ity which helps peo­ple with fi­nan­cial well­be­ing, Carol got her form com­pleted. Grad­u­ally, she started go­ing into her back gar­den and hav­ing a look around. Then, one day, she found her­self sweep­ing up, and dig­ging out old flower beds: she now has four lovely plants to show off.

Dod­die Weir, a Scottish in­ter­na­tional rugby star in the 1990s, has cre­ated a new foun­da­tion af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with MND this sum­mer

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