Good evening everyone . This Wednesday to the day is my 2 year anniversary after having my cerebella stroke at the left back of my head.
I’ve been battling with after affects of the cerebellar stroke for 2 years now. Some of you know the problems I’ve come across. Especially neuropathic.
But, in the words of Monty python “I always look on the bright side of life”. (Whistle).
Negatives: I cannot run anymore, I cannot ski, I don’t drink alcohol anymore. I’ve stopped driving. I’m not rushing around anymore and not working. I cannot read for long, I’m not fully independent which makes me sad.
Positives: I’ve learnt a new hobby painting by numbers, I’ve started listening to audio books, walking 2 miles a day every 4 days so it’s exercise. I’ve improved my cooking skills ( much to the delight of hubby). I’ve tried non alcoholic drinks and think I like it. I’ve lost a few lbs and £s. I now food shop with hubby which is actually nice, I’m chauffeured around, I’m enjoying being at home after feeling guilty for past 2 years not working. I actually am starting to enjoy this new life of version 2 Loraine.
I’m 61 so I’m 6 years off my state pension date but, if the government hadn’t moved the goal posts from 60, I wouldn’t have had to worry. Granted my hubby keeps me for better and for worse. I also have my small private pension which I have just been allowed to have access.
It does make me cross as we get older some lucky one’s escape illnesses but like some of us we are unlucky. I appreciate I have improved and some of you are still battling and you will get there. Positive healing vibes I’m sending to you all.
I have felt I’ve had to fight for financial help and after care and I’ve been made to feel like a fraud at times. I’ve worked all my life and I started with a Saturday job from 13 (illegal these days).
I think each case financially should be individually investigated health wise and given their state pension if their NI stamp is fully paid up earlier. But I suppose others will feel this will be unfair. (Sorry gone off on a tangent as usual)
So keep going onwards and upwards, always look on the bright side of life (whistles) I’m so honoured to have found you all and cannot thank you all enough for being so supportive to me especially in my dark days, I think we have all been there at some time.
So to everyone else on this wonderful SS forum I wish you all a great recovery and my deepest thanks Including Ashley and Alex .
I’m going to fade out more from the SS forum as some of you will have noticed. I’m not too chatty these days. I’ll dip in and out to visit you all from time to time as I’m just to nosy.
Love and hugs Loraine x x keep going.