Knowing when the time is right

TalkStroke closes on 5 February 2018

As My Stroke Guide has grown into a trusted online stroke community and support tool, we’re closing TalkStroke and asking you to register for My Stroke Guide. It will be easier for you to get all the online support you need, all in one place.

This unique, custom-built tool gives you the opportunity to create your own social profile, make friends with other users and message them directly. There are many ways to interact with one another, such as using the My social forum, posting on the public social wall and joining specific groups based on your interests.

We hope you register for My Stroke Guide, which is quick, easy and takes no longer than five minutes. You can register whenever you want to – either before 5 February or after the closure. You’ll benefit from using all the new features and keep the conversation alive in a supportive and welcoming community.

We’d like to thank you for all your commitment to TalkStroke and we hope you join us soon on My Stroke Guide, our trusted online stroke community and support tool.

If you have any questions, please call us on 0300 222 5707 or email us on mystrokeguide@stroke.org.uk

Two achievements today. Firstly, I have been in the shallow end of a swimming pool. I thought through the event and put my trunks on before going to the pool. Changing was okay. I used my walking stick to get to the pool, then my partner helped me down the steps. I couldn’t swim as such, because of my weak left side. However, I manageda one handed approach for a few feet, then focused on doing a little walking and arm movements. The buoyancy helped. I even got in and out of the jacuzzi.

Second achievement....I have had my first bath in nearly two years. It was a low bath with a handgrip on the wall. Ran the bath and got in pretty well. Oh,how wonderful it was! Hadn’t thought through how to get out effectively, but at my strength and balance class I have been taught how to get up after a fall. Applied this technique and using my good leg effectively and the hand grip and got out.

I write this not as a personal boast, but to say things can be done. A bath has been on my mind for many months and I have got in and out of the bath once, fully clothed, at home. This one was a bit lower and had the hand grip.

Finally, Deigh.....great story and a belated Happy Birthday! You are an inspiration.

Congrats John it really does make you appreciate the things thats lots take for granted.
I totally get the 'bath experience' wishing you many more!

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Stroke Association is a Company Limited by Guarantee, registered in England and Wales (No 61274). Registered office: Stroke Association House, 240 City Road, London EC1V 2PR.

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