This week the Child stroke project celebrates its second anniversary helping young stroke survivors.
Developing new blood tests to understand more about children with sickle cell anaemia and silent strokes
Anyone can have a stroke, although there are some things that make you more at risk than others.
In this issue we celebrate our Life After Stroke Award winners - inspirational people like Charlotte who made an incredible recovery after a stroke at the age of seven. We also take a look at our campaign report, Feeling overwhelmed, which focuses on the emotional impact of stroke and outlines our work to make sure people get the right assessment and support.
In this edition, hear inspirational stories of younger people affected by stroke - like Cailin who had a stroke before she was born. We also have tips to help you with drop foot and financial advice with a focus on Personal Independence Payments (PIP).
Understanding the difficulty in controlling emotions after stroke
No two strokes are alike - the damage from each stroke leaves its own unique signature on a person's brain and behaviour. The current project will investigate how different types of stroke affect a person's long term recovery or deterioration
Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an unusual form of stroke. It is little researched largely because it accounts for less than 1% of all strokes. The study will provide a much better understanding for the reasons underlying CVT, which is an unusual but very important cause of stroke in young (mainly female) adults.
Most stroke survivors can walk short distances but do not achieve good community ambulation. This limited mobility has health and wellbeing implications, reducing physical activity and fitness of individuals, making them vulnerable to secondary stroke and other diseases. It also affects their quality of life and ability to participate in social activities.
Claris Diaz, 32, originally from California, now lives in Cardiff and has devoted her life to stroke research after her childhood was affected by stroke.