Too Many People Are Written Off After Strokes - Jan's Story

Too many people are written off after strokes. I may never recover fully but my quality of life has improved tremendously through PhysioFunction support.

I had a severe stroke in September 2010 and spent 3 months in hospital. Once home, I did receive some hospital physiotherapy as an outpatient, but this was aimed at more elderly people and the underlying assumption was that recovery wasn’t really possible. I had a young teenage daughter and needed to be her mum, not her be my carer, but I often felt that I was the only one who wanted to recover: The hospital seemed content to leave me disabled and dependent for the rest of my life.

My left side was paralysed and though I could walk I had dropped foot. I tried numerous orthotic devices none of which were suited to my “active” life (which was not active compared to pre stroke but was compared to a frail 95 year old that I was expected to be) and finally had enough when offered an old fashioned metal calliper as my only option. It was around this time I discovered PhysioFunction. The first difference was their attitude: Instead of the hospital staff “there is nothing more we can do for you” they were all so positive. They didn’t give false hopes and said it would take hard work and effort, but if I was prepared to put in the time then I could make improvements. It was music to my ears and just what I had been seeking; someone to work with me rather than having to fight for every small thing. When you have had a stroke it is hard enough to adjust as it is the last thing you want or need is to have to fight for exercises to help you improve.

2 years on my left arm can move quite a lot. My wrist has started to move and I am now focusing on my fingers using a saeboflex. When I was discharged in December 2010 I was told I would never regain any movement in my arm at all. In my last outpatient physiotherapy appointment I was told there was nothing more they could do for me. I can now walk without a splint and can move my ankle. I have just bought my first pair of ankle boots as I can now move my ankle enough to put on the boots. I still have a long way to go but the attitude of the PhysioFunction team provides me with the support and encouragement I need as well as the practical exercise advice to continue to improve. Plus they are all really lovely helpful friendly people. I only wish that the NHS would provide funds so more people could benefit from their approach.

Too many people are written off after strokes. I may never recover fully but my quality of life has improved tremendously through PhysioFunction support.

Too many people are written off after strokes. I may never recover fully but my quality of life has improved tremendously through PhysioFunction support.

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