In 2015 Clodagh was working as a police officer when she had a devastating brain stem stroke which left her with locked-in syndrome.

For three months, Clodagh was unable to move or speak and could only communicate by blinking. Fortunately, Clodagh was able to break out of the locked-in state and after six months of intensive rehabilitation and hard work, she fulfilled her goal and walked out of hospital.

Clodagh has since returned to work as a Police Officer. She frequently dedicates her time to raising awareness of stroke, sharing her incredible story to help and inspire other stroke survivors and professionals.

Around one in three stroke survivors, like Clodagh, have difficulty speaking and understanding after a stroke, which can be terrifying and isolating. But with our support, people can find their voice again.

Find out how you can help stroke survivors who are lost for words.