Hello everyone. I am a new member!
I had a stroke in June, but I am one of the lucky ones. Even though it has robbed me of a lot of my peripheral vision and consequently I am unable to drive, had I not had it the 2nd aneurysm would not have been discovered and that could have been fatal.
I am a very positive, independant and determined 64 year old. At first I was continually bumping into things I just simply hadn't seen (especially high cupboard doors in my kitchen!!!!). I was so scared to go out, but I live on my own and was determinded not to become a prisoner in my own home. I enlisted the help of my 2 granddaughters aged 5 and 7. We only walked round the block, but that gave me such confidence that when I needed to visit the local shop, I felt able to tackle crossing a fairly busy road with them.
I have slowly built up my walk from those tentative steps in July to walking 8 miles most mornings. I feel so much better. I actually feel that I achieve something every day and I know that my general health is reaping the reward and I will be in a better position when I go in to have my 2nd aneurysm clipped in December. It's also a great way to pass a couple of hours, especially as 'time filling' hasn't particularly been fun since Covid hit us.
I have also disocered 'socially distanced' walking!!!!!!
I appreciate I am one of the lucky ones, but whether you are a stroke sufferer or a carer, I cannot tell you how much of a positive effect walking and being outside has had on my mental health.