Annabel was in her third year of university when she had her stroke.
"It felt like someone had taken a hammer to my head," Annabel says.
"I was so frightened. I kept telling the doctors a huge portion of my vision had gone. You can imagine my shock when I was told I’d had a stroke. I had to make one of the worst calls you could ever make to your parents. They were devastated to hear the news.
“Three years on, I know that had my stroke been identified earlier in hospital, I could have received thrombolysis – a treatment to dissolve the clot.
“My vision has improved since that terrible day, but I suffer badly from visual fatigue. These lasting effects of stroke made it really hard for me to study, but I was determined to get my degree.
"It’s so important that we develop ways to identify and treat stroke as soon as possible. Before lasting damage sets in. I’m living proof of that."
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