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- 2022 January
2022 JANUARYFirstly let me wish you a very happy new year on behalf of everyone at StrokeInformation.I would like to also introduce you to our newest staff member Ben, we first connected on social media back in summer 2018 when he was getting a rough ride from the housing association where he lives when they were taking their time to fix the floor to his property after his foot went through the floor due a rotting joist anyway we got involved at StrokeInformation and his floor was fixed pretty sharpish. Without doubt that bond was made and after staying in touch and when the opportunity arose, we have kept our word in offering a position within StrokeInformation. Ben is now the fourth stroke survivor that we have helped get back into employment and whilst we would love to do it for every stroke survivor there is, we know that is virtually impossible but what we can do is offer hope, real HOPE and make that Stroke survivor feel empowered and part of something once more.To help us help others, you can support me in my latest just giving campaign where I am attempting to complete DRY Jan and if can support me that would be fantastic; Link:- https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Jan22Dry?invite=trueLets have a great year
- December 21December 2021, where has this year gone? It doesnt seem like 2 minutes ago since we were being told to keep safe, save the NHS, stay at home, make space, dont go out, then eat out, then dont go out…….without doubt it has been a crazy crazy time by all accounts, this is about the time to reflect and as I mentioned last moth look at just how far we have come since when our stroke happened and if you are a new stroke survivor then please reach out to us and let us help and guide you. Recovery from a stroke isn’t a quick fix, its a journey but the main thing to remember is that at least you are on that journey and here at StrokeInformation we will help you all the way.Believe me when I say that we all want to get back to normal, whatever normal is as quickly as possible but in all honesty dont rush it as the last thing you want to do is to go backwards to far backwards that every thing seems unattainable but it isn’t, if you want to do it, you will with the right help and your determination.Now use this holiday season to relax, set yourself small achievable goals in the new year and then this time next year you will be able to see just how far you have come. So from StrokeInformation and I, have a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year. I am not going to mention everyone as I cant remember all the people we have helped over the last 12 months and beyond, but just remember that we are all with you, so Margery, Cary, Paul, Steve, Riona, John, Sue, Jackie, Michelle, Nick, Mandy, Julie, Janine, Gina, Alan, Rob, Maggie, Alison, Andrew, Ben, Charlotte, Dorothy, Anthony, Charmaine, Chris, Helen, Katie, Kerry, Kevin, Kimberley, Seb, Leigh, Craig, Lilly, Matt, Michael, Ollie, Pat, Paul, Rhona, Richard, Sam, Kenny, Sonya, Stephen, Valerie, Zoe. This list could get really long to be honest, so to all the wobblers out there…….keep going
- November 2021
November 2021, well this year is finally drawing to a close and its fair to say that its been a strange year with plenty of ups and downs. One thing that I feel we need to focus on as a stroke survivor is to see just how far we have come, what we have achieved and when life throws you another curve ball we will help you smash it out of the park.
An area I would like to touch on is mental health, I honestly do not think enough awareness is out there and when something like a stroke happens it can have catastrophic bearings on your well being; All I can say is you are not alone………Just talk………we are here for you
- October 2021
Please click on the link 👆🏻. This is just a smidge of what we get involved in. Welcome to October everyone, yes Autumn is here an what a year we have endured. I am going to highlight what we have been up to recently, as well as fundraising although we haven’t been able to do a lot of that due to restrictions etc we continue to make a difference to others impacted by Stroke. Within the last month we have helped a few stroke survivors who have been struggling with their mental health and had convinced themselves that they were going to be sectioned but fingers crossed they are now receiving the right help and support they need. On top of that we have appealed a couple of blue badge applications that have been refused based upon telephone voice assessments, yes that right you read that correctly, they were assessed by a medical professional over the telephone and not via video or zoom 🤔🤔🤔🤔 I have to also mention DWP Pip applications too, its a nightmare and the system is so so wrong and so many people need educating on the impact a stroke has on someone and their family, its life changing; physically, mentally, financially, emotionally. Driving assessments we are here to pick up the pieces after a stroke survivor has been refused or have their driving licence re-instated after their stroke and dont even get me started on the link above 👆🏻. Yes that is a genuine response from a local authority to a fellow Stroke survivor who has been effectively trapped in their home because the lift they installed under a disability facilities grant is not fit for purpose, you will see I have changed their name to protect the stroke survivor and the local authority but hopefully it give you an idea of what we get involved in but it is safe to say that initial on the letter they get the stroke survivors address incorrect and then its a case of “Well yeah we have done what we can and my elder brothers cousin twice removed have said that we have complied with the issue as best we can and anything else you highlight won’t get a response but will be filled accordingly”. Under trash no doubt or CBA thats cant be arsed to you and me. Sorry NO not on our watch……..
Yes the funds we raise go towards things like these……so that is why we love doing what we do, #WeCareBecauseWeHaveBeenThere
- September 2021
Welcome to September 2021, as you may recall September is quite a poignant month for me as it brings round my “Stroke versary” yes on the 10th September it will be nine whole years since my life changed forever, so it is a time for reflection a time to look back, a time to celebrate of course but also a time to look how far I have come and what I have achieved since that what one could call a very very dark day. However, this charity is not about me and me alone it is about all the other stroke survivors that we have met along the way, the stories we have shared, the experiences we have encountered and the many challenges we have face and overcome. If nothing else that sums it all up really, no matter what you face, providing you acknowledge it, accept it in a way that you can move forward with your life, your recovery journey, the future however please DO NOT think it will be a quick fix, it certainly isn’t, it is about one step at a time, one foot in front of the other and at a manageable pace.
There will be good days, there will be bad days and there will be somedays like knock you back like just this weekend for instance from a personal point of view, a close relative informed me of just how close I was to meeting my maker, apparently, I was placed in an induced coma 9 years ago and yeah granted I obviously wouldn’t have known much about it at the time but to revisit this situation after all this time is pretty difficult to comprehend but I will because that is what us stroke survivors do. Tenacious to the core. Listen To this
- August 2021
Hello and welcome to August 2021, have you heard our latest podcast?
Take a listen and please let us know what you think
Also we have our book also out now called Injury Time and is reasonably priced at £10 + postage, remember that all proceeds will be split between our charity and the Michelle Wheatley Fund which we set up for one of our patrons, Michelle who had her stroke aged 27 and remains locked in after 10 years. The podcast and the book really does give you a great idea about what makes our charity so very very different.
Its fair to say that the last 18 months have been difficult for everyone but our normal fundraising activities havent been allowed to go ahead because of COVID and isolation restrictions but as we emerge out of the lockdown and the restrictions we are trying to get back to as normal as we can be, we are going to commence our free weekly drop ins again starting on Monday 9th August, so please come along or if you prefer you can join us via Zoom. Please email contactus@Strokeinformation.co.uk for further details.
In the pipeline we have a calendar planned with some of the lovely photo’s shot by our very own trustee and director Tim Hill, again watch this space or if you would like to be informed when its ready, again drop us an email.
Another thing that is worth considering is our Charity golf day, we are potentially having a four ball competition for teams of 4 players, starting off with a breakfast barm, a round of golf followed by a fantastic meal in the clubhouse plus it support the work that we do.
Also coming soon our good friends at Cheadle Heath Nomads are having a charity car boot sale in aid of strokeinformation, please message for more details.
- July 2021
We are pleased to announce that we are now taking orders for my little piece of work, about my stroke, how I have turned something so negative into a positive and joined forces with others impacted by Stroke to assist others impacted by Stroke. It is reasonably priced at £10 +postage and the first 25 copies will be signed (not sure by who but they will be signed) To reserve your copy please email injurytime@StrokeInformation.co.uk
July is always a good month for me personally despite turning another year older and some would say wiser but Im not sure about that one. So its quite apt that we are launching the book giving you an insight about what it is like to have a stroke and what has helped me manage the situation. It is fair to say that I couldn’t do any of this without your support so thank you so much and to show how paramount support is, effectively that is the mantra of StrokeInformation, everyone of us has a story to share and every single one of us deserves that massive pat on the back because we are stronger than we think and together we are even stronger. The proceeds of the book is not going to line my pockets, it will be split between StrokeInformation and The Michelle Wheatley fund which we set up for Michelle Wheatley who remains in her locked in state and truly is an inspiration to all of us and really does promote the ethos of not giving up. So well done Michelle and keep going we have faith in you and there is always HOPE.
Month see the launch of Steady Eddie Cup which sees Humber FC take on Cheadle Heath Nomads on what promises to be a fun filled event, so it would be great to see you. You never know Steady Eddie himself may even turn up.
- June 2021
June 2021, welcome to June, well as all that is usually reported in the doom and gloom and this statistic and another statistic I thought Id share with you some good news, in fact great news, it is just to share with you, my girls make me so incredibly proud, Meg is absolutely loved not only by us but also her work colleagues or partners as they prefer to be referred to and as for Abs, well not only did she smash uni, she has only got herself a job as a newly qualified teacher. Whats that got to do with StrokeInformation you might ask? Well it shows that if you are determined to achieve something then you will just like recovering from a stroke, if you want to walk again then you will if you try and try and try again. We are in a world where to many people just give up or have others give up on you. NO if you want it go and get it and be the best version of yourself.
We really want to help you or someone you know who has been impacted by Stroke and this help can range from giving you our experience of Stroke and how we have coped and our recovery journey to date. Sharing tips and advice, guidance and support our group has blossomed and we are reaching out to more and more people including some fellow survivors who have been treated so incorrectly from all kinds of people ranging from their employers to the medical profession and beyond, no one is immune from stroke and we compassionately understand.
- May 2021
Welcome to May and welcome to every new person who has interacted with us over the last few months but especially Jackie, Claire, Charmaine, Alison, Charlotte, Lily, Francis, Sebastian, Kimberley, Robert & Ann, Sam and Stephen who have requested information and support. Thank You for entrusting us to show you the compassion and understanding of what it is like having a stroke and how to best cope and manage your new way of life. We really do hoe we can help you along the way. We maybe a small team but collectively we are a MIGHTY team.
May is known for being the official stroke awareness month, so please please tel people about us and help us to help others. Coming soon, our very first professional podcast with Riona Kelly, Kimberely Banks and I discussing Strokes in general but more specifically spinal strokes, which Riona has had experience of, along with Kimberley who is launching her own campaign about Strokes in the younger age as her son Seb had 3 strokes last September and he is 5 years of age.
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Other websites specialise in rehabilitation and if you are in the Woking or surrounding area or know of those impacted by Stroke in that area, feel fret check out :- https://wokingstrokeability.com/