Despite the difficulties of recent years, your unwavering and passionate support is helping to show stroke survivors and their families a brighter tomorrow.
Every day, strides are being made to rebuild the lives of stroke survivors - but this wouldn't be possible without you. Thank you.
Read below to see the impact of your support.
Living with aphasia
In 2017, Kelly Fogarty, 54, had two strokes. They left her with aphasia - a condition that impacts speech and language.
'I'm a people person. Before my stroke I would talk to anyone. After my stroke, it took me three years to say my own name.
A speech and language therapist showed me pictures and asked me to say what things were. But I could tell by her face that the words I was saying were wrong. There was a picture of a teapot, but I was calling it an elephant.'
Initially unable to read, process words or understand numbers, Kelly had to close her business. A lack of income also meant she had to sell her home. She felt powerless and depressed.
'The Stroke Association came to my house to talk to me about support. This was a lifeline. I also received support for my mental health.'
Five years on, Kelly has made huge progress. She still mixes up her pronouns and words, and struggles with some processing. But with the determination and support from her partner, friends and family, Kelly is learning to live life well with aphasia.
Your support means more people like Kelly can continue to rebuild their life after stroke. Thank you for helping to make a difference.
Saving Brains: One year on
One year on from our Saving Brains campaign, there's been some encouraging progress on our recommendations for increasing treatment access. Many thrombectomy centres are operating 24/7 to treat more patients and treatment rates are gradually increasing.
We still have a long way to go, but this progress wouldn't have been possible without your support. Last year 6,903 people who needed a thrombectomy missed out on the treatment across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Whether a stroke patient can access a thrombectomy still depends on where they live and when they have their stroke. Nearly 10% of stroke patients receive a thrombectomy in London, compared to 0-3% in other areas.
Your support is helping to enable more stroke patients to receive a thrombectomy and rebuild their lives, but there is a lot more progress to be made. We couldn't do it without you.
Cooking after stroke
These recipes have been created with the guidance of stroke survivors and are a great way of helping stroke survivors to eat healthy and regain confidence in the kitchen.
In this video, Chris, a chef and stroke survivor, demonstrates how to cut and prepare vegetables with one hand using the guillotine method.
Cooking after stroke can feel like a challenging task. Stroke is one of the leading causes of disability and can lead to survivors thinking about what goes into their food more than ever, in addition to the greater physical accomplishment of preparing a meal.
This series of videos shows recipes and cooking techniques designed specifically for stroke survivors that can help to provide a platform to rebuild their lives.
All recipes have been approved by a certified dietician and dysphasia specialist.
There are plenty more recipes available to help on My Stroke Guide, where you can also download accessible versions.