I write to urge your readers to consider nominating a stroke survivor for the Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards, a charity for which I am a patron.
I am certain that each and every one of your readers could nominate an inspiring stroke survivor, or a person who supports stroke survivors, for much-deserved acknowledgement. Just like many of your readers, I know how stroke can turn a life upside down in an instant.
In 2009, I went to bed with a dreadful headache and woke up with no sensation in my left hand and very little feeling in my face.
At the hospital, they confirmed that I’d had a stroke. I was unable to return home for three months and even then I struggled to write and speak. The hardest thing was being told I could never drive again because of my impaired vision. But thanks to the fantastic support I received, I’m still here and that’s what counts.
The Stroke Association’s Life After Stroke Awards celebrate the courage and dedication shown by stroke survivors, carers, volunteers and healthcare professionals who overcome the extra challenges that a stroke brings.
I’ve been lucky enough to have been present at the charity’s awards event and have met some exceptional people. Their achievements and contributions should be recognised.
Hilary Devey CBE