After the devastating moment when a stroke strikes, the healing process can be a labour that takes a life-time.
It takes mettle, tenacity and patience, not only from the survivor but a legion of family, friends, medical professionals to reassemble the fragments of yourself.
The Life After Stroke Awards are an opportunity recognise the courage of stroke survivors and their supporters everywhere.
I would like to urge anyone who knows an undaunted stroke survivor or a remarkable carer to nominate that person for a Life After Stroke Award today.
There are around 121,000 stroke survivors living in the North, which means there are a lot of unsung heroes who deserve recognition and celebration.
Nominations for the awards are open until April 30. For more information about them, go to www.stroke.org.uk/lasa.