When stroke strikes, part of your brain shuts down. And so does a part of you. Life changes instantly and recovery is tough. But the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. With more donations and support from you, we can rebuild even more lives.
Hello! Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
If you know me, you'll know I'm a young stroke survivor who's battled (and is still battling) every day since I fell ill with a blood clot on the brain aged just 17. The rare form of stroke - in the thalamus - a very constructed area deep inside the brain that controls multiple functions now has infarct scarring which is stopping the correct signals from getting through. This means instead I receive intense pain (more about central pain syndrome here: http://strokeconnection.strokeassociation.org/Sep-Oct-2003/When-the-Pain-Never-Goes-Away-Understanding-Centra-Pain-Syndrome/), along with loss of feeling down my entire left hand side that affects me severely every single day and which has changed my life profoundly. There's no cure for my condition, I just adapt as best as I can and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.
As I've got older, I've gotten more comfortable in speaking out more about my personal story and that's lead on to being in frequent contact with the Stroke Association team, sharing my struggles, and signing up to media studies if any opportunities come around for me to get involved in campaigns. This means I've seen and heard first hand the important impact in which this charity brings relief to survivors and the determination in which they strive to reach.
The Stroke Association is an incredible charity that is completely dedicated to conquering stroke, to providing crucial support to those - like me - who have have been struck by stroke both physically and emotionally, and to working together to fight this devastating condition. There'll be so many people like me out there who have cruelly had the normal parts of their lives and their health taken away from them but together we can recover, we can rehabilitate, we can get back to how we were pre-stroke, achieve life post stroke and prevent this happening through services, campaigning, education and research.
Last year I participated in Step Out For Stroke for the first time on a beautiful, sunny, moving, inspiring day and managed to raise a whopping £500 with thanks to your kindness and generosity. It was more money than I ever expected and I'm so glad, with your help, my family and I could play that part and walk those miles. This year we're doing the same again (with an extra member) and I'm hoping we can raise just as much - or even more. We've done it once, we can do it again. And we can top it! The strength and determination I've carried over the years knows that.
It's not sympathy I desire, it's just support and understanding. I was lucky. I'm here, I survived, and now I vow to make a difference, raise awareness, and give back to those who need it!
If you got to the end - thank you so much for reading and for contributing. Every little helps, no matter what the donation amount. Let's unite, and continue to challenge those challenges!
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