Having a stroke is bad enough. But nobody should have to live in fear. We asked survivors about how they were feeling and what they were worried about after their stroke. 

Our survey of over 1,000 stroke survivors from across the UK showed that fear is a hidden barrier to recovery. We found that stroke survivors live in fear of having another stroke and are scared to go out alone.

Stroke survivors told us that after their stroke:

Fear prevents people from getting out and about and meeting others, two of the key factors that stroke survivors have said are integral to their recovery.

On top of dealing with these fears and concerns, we found that many people are facing their recovery alone and that stroke survivors are keeping their fears to themselves and not talking to anyone about what was on their mind. 20% of stroke survivors said they kept their fears to themselves and didn’t talk to anyone because:

This leads to a bleak attitude to recovery, which makes stroke survivors afraid they won’t get better A quarter of strokes happen to people of working age, and it is sad to think that even young people fear a loss of independence like this. Stroke survivors told us that after their stroke:

Now more than ever, stroke survivors may be feeling isolated and alone. The first step to eliminating fear is to ask for help and support.

Our Helpline is for everyone affected by stroke. If you are worried, or just want someone to talk to, call 0303 3033 100 and get support from one of our trained Helpline staff.

Stroke changes lives in an instant. Rebuilding your life after a stroke can be tough – now more than ever. My Stroke Guide can help, no matter where you live, 24/7. As well as reliable information and support about stroke, our helpful videos can support you to understand stroke and manage its effects, and include tips on how to improve health and mental wellbeing. Our friendly online forums are a great place to connect with others and share your stroke experience, especially if you’re feeling more isolated than usual.