Guest blog

Today I want to post two articles. The first is about caring for someone who has had a stroke. One of my friends will be starting her own blog soon and she wants to write about a very important subject, especially for carers. So over to Helen. The hope blog will be posted later today. Please send me your comments/feedback. Enjoy!

The road to recovery after a major stroke – from a carer’s perspective

At the time of writing we are in the middle of a pandemic. Covid-19 is raging through our country and affecting lives in a drastic way. I have been meaning to write this blog for so many years and this now seems the perfect time to share.

After my mum suffered from a stroke, she battled in hospital for a number of months in a critical condition; I was aged thirty at the time. It was after this period she was sent home to me to care for her. I had no qualifications or background in the care profession. I did however, have an ace card up my sleeve – I was dyslexic.

This sounds an odd statement to make.  However, I have overcome dyslexia and gone on to have two wonderful careers both of which I am very proud of. Maybe, if I used the techniques I had to overcome my dyslexia it may help my mum to overcome her brain damage.

In this blog I would like to share with others my practical solutions to overcoming brain damage or a learning difficulty. This can’t be done you say! Yes it can and both my mum and I are a testimony to this.

It is a daunting task when a loved one comes home after suffering a major stroke. The person you once knew is gone. Instead you are left with a shell of a human being who needs help to function in even the most basic procedures in life.

When I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of ten, the school I attended wrote me off. Being the sort of individual I am I thought I don’t need to accept their opinion of me and my journey began.

It wasn’t easy, the most accomplished achievements in life never are and it isn’t for the feint hearted. It takes guts and an immeasurable amount of strength to overcome learning difficulty/brain damage.

The main objective to keep in mind is you are only human and it really is up to the person concerned if they are determined enough to keep going. My mum was the most determined person I knew, bar my dad, who also suffered a stroke when I was three and remained in a wheelchair until his death in 1994. This however, is another story which I will keep for a future date.

Please do follow me in the weeks ahead for my practical solutions to the problems I know you will be facing right now. I hope by writing this blog I can help at least one person.

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