Mum’s ‘bad headache’ was

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS -

IT was just an­other day for Sara Thomas­nor­man. As a mother of three grown-up chil­dren, the 49-year-old, of Swansea, was look­ing for­ward to a new phase in her life where she could de­vote more time to get­ting fit and build­ing her ca­reer. That was un­til March 2017, where things changed for good. She felt she was hav­ing a “re­ally bad headache” which had lasted three days. It turned out to be a stroke, and it saw her spend two months in hos­pi­tal. “I was go­ing to the doc­tors but I didn’t want to waste their time,” Ms Thomas-nor­man said of the headache. “I came home from work and laid on the set­tee and it was so painful. “One of my kids woke me up and said ‘Mam, some­thing is wrong, go in the bed­room and look at your face.’

“I set things up on the work sta­tion and I could see my co-or­di­na­tion had gone.

“My son phoned an am­bu­lance and said ‘My mother is hav­ing a stroke’. Two hours later they came for me.”

Ms Thomas-nor­man, from Lan Street, Mor­ris­ton, was not pre­pared for what came next.

“It was re­ally fright­en­ing,” she said.

“I re­mem­ber go­ing into an am­bu­lance and the next thing I re­mem­ber was wak­ing up the fol­low­ing day blind, paral­ysed.

“I thought my body was shut­ting down. I didn’t know if I was wak­ing up or dy­ing.”

Dur­ing her time in hos­pi­tal, she grad­u­ally showed signs of improve­ment, but not ev­ery­thing is back to nor­mal.

“My vi­sion started com­ing back within two weeks and my speech started to work again,” she said.

“My arm still does not work, I still have lim­i­ta­tions in my arms and hand. It’s not a func­tional arm, I can’t pick things up.”

A stroke oc­curs when the blood sup­ply to part of your brain is cut off.

It can hap­pen to any­one of any age at any time, and symp­toms usu­ally are sud­den weak­ness or

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