I had six TIAs, and then a major a stroke … was I fit and healthy? No, I wasn’t. The cause of my stroke was trauma to the neck. I smoked, and drank like a fish. Well, not that fish smoke, but I smoked. My arteries were clear, I drank, and still do, like a trooper. I love it. Like a pirate. No disregard for myself. However, the stroke I had was completely unrelated. I cannot stand up and repeat, time and time again, that stroke doesn’t discern or discriminate, it’s not a result of lifestyle. It’s an underlying cause separated from lifestyle but triggered by it if not moderated.
Forty glorious years of not exercising (purposefully), and not looking after myself in any kind of conscious way. I had a stroke. How many here had the opposite? How many were fit and healthy? I wasn’t. I was a boozer and a smoker, I drank when I could, I smoked at least forty a day at various times, yet my arteries were clear. All these theories on staying alive are not about staying alive, they are theories in which as children we should have spent time deliberating over earlier, and not now when others want to provide us with magic solutions. The immediate reaction I got from some people were, “he’s had a stroke, it must have been from his lifestyle” - but they don’t realise a stroke can strike even the most fittest of us.