Professor Marion Walker – “Together we can help more stroke survivors achieve their goals.”
Professor Marion Walker has over 35 years’ experience working in stroke rehabilitation. She was also a Stroke Association Trustee for 10 years.
“Very early in my career, I saw the devastation that could be caused by stroke,” Marion says. “One of my patients described it as “nature’s mugging” – it does describe it really well, the devastating consequences and the damage.”
Marion chose to specialise in stroke rehabilitation having witnessed the effects of stroke first hand when working as an occupational therapist. She’s always been passionate about helping survivors and their families get back to leading a fulfilling life again.
“Just like mine, most families have been touched by this devastating condition. My father had his first stroke 30 years ago, a TIA, and made a full recovery at that point in time. But I could see the potential damage that that could have had on us as a family as well as him himself. He recently died following a series of other strokes that, in the end, was just too much for him.
My dad was cared for by an absolutely amazing team in Scotland, they were incredible, so I saw him getting good care and it also made me reflect that care workers in social care need to learn more about stroke.
There are a lot of passionate people now involved in stroke rehab research that want to make breakthroughs like medics have made in past years through thrombolysis and clot retrieval techniques. We just need to keep ensuring that we keep at the forefront, that quality of life is important for all stroke survivors.”
Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve funded several of Marion’s research studies. Currently her team are looking at whether using orthotics, such as splints and braces, at an earlier stage of care can help stroke survivors make a better recovery.
“After a stroke, many people have arm and leg weakness,” Marion explains. “We want to see if getting specialist orthotic treatment sooner could help people do daily tasks more easily and reduce discomfort. Our research could also find out if this prevents secondary conditions, such as the permanent shortening of muscles and joints.
I’m very grateful to Stroke Association supporters for backing this study.”
You can hear more from Marion about stroke rehabilitation by watching her 2018 keynote lecture.
Suzi and Paul – Welcome to the world, baby Lorcan!
You may remember Paul who featured in our Rebuilding Lives TV ad. He and his wife Suzi also shared their experiences of life after stroke in our Christmas Appeal.
The couple’s lives were turned upside down after Paul had a stroke at the age of 40. Suzi became Paul’s carer. She believes they wouldn’t have got through it without the help of the Stroke Association and our supporters.
We’re so excited to share the news that Suzi and Paul are now the proud parents of Lorcan. He was born on 12 November 2019, weighing 7Ibs 8oz.
Our Rebuilding Lives film is up for an award!
Great news – Our Rebuilding Lives campaign film has made it onto the shortlist for the Charity Film Awards.
400 charities entered and over 65,000 members of the public voted for their favourite film. The films will now be judged by an expert panel, and the winners will be announced in Spring. Find out more on the Charity Film Awards website.