"I started to feel dizzy. When I woke up, I couldn’t speak, read or write."

Brian, from Scotland, had a stroke in 2011 at the age of 64.

He was retired but busy with responsibilities for Rotary, Community Council and Caledonia rugby.

"I was at my local newsagents and started to feel dizzy – everything was spinning around. The newsagent rang for an ambulance, which took me to PRI hospital.”

Brian’s stroke left him unable to speak, read or write and he was diagnosed with aphasia. He also had mobility problems. “I thought I might never speak again. It was difficult to undertake everyday activities such as shopping, making a telephone call, reading or joining in a conversation and both frustrating and isolating. Speaking again was very difficult and still is, particularly when I am tired and it is late in the day.

“Life has changed dramatically for my wife and myself since April 2011, but with support from my wife and friends and my Stroke and Speakability groups, I have found new friends, taken on new hobbies and regained my confidence”

Rebuilding Lives

Our Rebuilding Lives campaign raises awareness that, although recovery is tough, with the right specialist support and a ton of courage and determination, the brain can adapt. Our specialist support, research and campaigning are only possible with the courage and determination of the stroke community. Find out more about the campaign and watch the film here.

Find out about the support available, sign up to hear how you can get involved, or make a donation to help us rebuild more lives.