"Stroke is a long-term condition."
Anita didn’t know where to turn after her stroke. For 15 years she dealt with the effects of her stroke alone before reaching out to us.
“I had my stroke over 20 years ago now. You just don’t know whether you’re going to be alive or not. Back then, there wasn’t a lot of help out there. I had to do it by myself really.
“When I had my stroke, it was like everything was taken away from me. I was a TV producer and I tried to get back to work, but it couldn’t be done. For a long time I think I was in denial about my stroke. Then I got in touch with the Stroke Association about 15 years after it happened.
“I know I’m going to suffer this stroke for the rest of my life, but I am very thankful to be alive. I can do a lot of things that, 20 years ago, I didn’t think I’d be able to do. I just want to be happy. I just want to live my life to the best of my abilities.”
Professor Nick Ward is a researcher funded by the Stroke Association. He says, “Sadly Anita’s story is a common one. Stroke is a long-term condition. In order to manage that, we need to provide support and treatment for people well beyond the first six months after stroke.
“The Stroke Association is one of the few organisations that invests in research to promote long-term treatment and care for stroke survivors. People with stroke don’t get a good deal when it comes to rehabilitation. So the only way you’re going to reverse that is with research and innovation.
“The pandemic has cut the Stroke Association’s research funding in half. And it’s going to have a catastrophic effect on stroke research. It’s going to set the field back by years.
“Thanks to Stroke Association supporters like you, we are growing back our research funding, but there’s still a long way to go. It’s so important that research gets as much support as possible right now.”
You’re helping to save stroke research – thank you!
Our recent campaign to save stroke research is making great headway. Thanks to amazing supporters like you, we’ve raised over £270,000 so far – critical funds that will go towards ground-breaking research on stroke care and prevention.
You may remember Dr Emma Patchwood’s passionate call to save stroke research back in May. She said that breakthroughs in stroke research could be lost due to budget cuts caused by the pandemic.
The great news is that her work into psychological well-being of stroke survivors is going from strength to strength. Someone who wishes this work had been around when she had her stroke was Lindiwe, who had a stroke at just 24. As she says, “The work that the Stroke Association is doing is so fundamentally important, especially to emotional recovery.”
Research into new treatments and better care is vital if people like Lindiwe are to make the best possible recoveries.
There’s still a lot more work to do if we are to save stroke research. But thanks to you, we’re making huge progress every day. Thank you!
World Stroke Day 2021
We’re delighted to see that University College London (UCL) World Stroke Day Forum will return in 2021 as a series of free, online events, taking place between Monday 25 to Friday 29 October 2021.
Now in its fourth year, UCL World Stroke Day Forum aims to empower stroke survivors to influence the future of stroke research and rehabilitation at UCL.
A brilliant combination of UCL research groups, including those funded by our charity, are partnering on this year’s Forum to produce an exciting programme of digital sessions, designed to encourage open dialogue between researchers, clinicians, charities and stroke survivors.
You’ll be able to see the full programme and register for events in the next few weeks. Go to the website to get the latest information and to sign up to the UCL World Stroke Day Forum mailing list to stay informed.