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Stroke Survivor writes:

.the importance of listening to one's body and not ignoring the signs. As I did…

I feel very lucky as my own father died of a massive stroke only age 44, I was 42 when I had mine, now, some ten years on still alive and kicking butt!

I agree with you about the importance of humour,.. shortly after my stroke I told my daughter to 'go to ted and put on your bananas' what I meant to say was 'go to bed and put on your pyjamas'.

We have 'huggles' in our house which is a mixture of hugs and cuddles. so now and then  some years on when I am tired I have my own language.

Seriously the mind is an amazing piece of software and yes I guess radio is ‘theatre for the mind' well said that man.

The above extract was taken from an email to John Manning following an article written for the Stroke Association Newsletter

Don’t ignore temporary symptoms

If symptoms disappear within 24 hours, the person may have had a Transient ischaemic attack (TIA), which is also called a mini-stroke. A TIA is still a medical emergency, because it can lead to a major stroke.


Calling an ambulance means that the paramedics can decide which is the best hospital to take the patient to. With a stroke, time lost is brain lost, so the quicker a patient arrives at a specialist unit, the quicker they will receive appropriate treatment and the more likely they are to make a better recovery. If you suspect a stroke, always dial 999.

Facial weakness: Can the person smile? Has their mouth or eye drooped?
Arm weakness: Can the person raise both arms?
Speech problems: Can the person speak clearly and understand what you say?

If you see any one of these three signs, it’s TIME to call 999. Stroke is always a medical emergency.


If a person fails any one of these tests, get help immediately by dialling 999
A speedy response can help reduce the damage to a person’s brain and improve their chances of a full recovery. A delay in getting help can result in death or long-term disabilities.

Stroke is the UK’s third biggest killer

Over a million people in the UK are living with the effects of Stroke and over 300,000 survivors have a moderate – severe disability as a result. Putting this into perspective, 300,000 survivors is the equivalent of 80% of the population of the City of Edinburgh and 5 times the population of the City of Inverness.


Every year around 150,000 people in the UK suffer a Stroke and approximately 53,000 people die from the disease. Stroke is the UK’s third biggest killer after heart disease and cancer. Although the impact of Stroke varies from person to person, it has a greater disabling impact than any other chronic disease. Stroke is the single biggest cause of severe adult disability in the UK.


Half of all Stroke survivors are left with a long term disability, living with a range of physical, communication, cognitive and psychological issues. Managing the effects of Stroke can be even more complex if the survivor has other health issues as well.