When I woke up my speech was gone, and I had lost all power in my arms and legs. I’ll always remember that day. It was a very hard time. I couldn’t say what was in my head, or ask what was happening.
The night of my stroke, and the morning after, I thought my life was over. For about 24 hours I couldn’t imagine how my future would look. I was scared that day and in the days, weeks and months afterwards. The end of 2019 and 2020 were probably the worst years of my life.
I have two daughters and it was a difficult time for them too. There were times I couldn’t go home from hospital to see them face-to-face, because of Covid. I couldn’t talk, write or read, and one of my daughters, who was 12 at the time, thought I had forgotten her.