Donna's Story - "I lost my independence"

Just days before her 51st birthday, Donna had two strokes. She says, “I felt a strange sense of impending doom. For me, the feeling was instant; it was like my body had been sliced in half.”

“After my stroke I felt like I lost my independence and was so much more reliant on others. I needed help washing and dressing and I could no longer do the things I used to. I never had confidence issues before my stroke, but now I felt vulnerable and didn’t know how to fit in anymore.”

Thankfully, Donna’s Stroke Association Support Coordinator helped her to overcome the barriers she faced by encouraging her to attend various Stroke Association Groups. Each of these helped her to regain her confidence and independence.

Donna is now feeling much better. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without the help of my Support Coordinator,” she says.

69% of survey responders said stroke had impacted their independence

Last year, we asked over 10,000 people closely affected by stroke to tell us about their experiences. The responses gave us an insight into the broad and devastating impacts of stroke. 

Suddenly, simple activities like talking, eating, drinking and dressing become difficult – and survivors have to rely on the help of others. What’s more, enjoying an active life with family and friends or going to work isn’t always possible after stroke. 

These life changes can leave people with low self-esteem and feelings of isolation.

Our Support Coordinators are on hand to help survivors regain their independence. They find the right support services for survivors in their local communities. The services help them to engage with other stroke survivors, their families and carers. This guidance is crucial and is proven to be a key part of a survivor’s recovery process if they are to take control of their lives once more.

Your support could help provide more specialist services for stroke survivors and their families.