In a single devastating moment, stroke can snatch away a former way of life. But the human spirit is powerful and people can adjust with amazing resilience. With your support, we can help stroke survivors see that they are more than the physical abilities and self-belief that they may have lost. They are still themselves - fathers, mothers, children, husbands, wives, friends, grandparents – and their stroke does not define them. Together we can help them make their best possible recovery, and find the magic in Christmas once more. We can help them believe “I am more than my stroke”.
Emma Raven was just 33 years old when she had a stroke in August 2014. After dreaming of having a baby for years, Emma discovered she was pregnant after a long course of fertility treatment. However, just five days later she was rushed to hospital having had a severe stroke and found out that she had lost her child.
Emma was forced to give up her job and her life completely changed. She was left with balance problems, her vision and speech were affected and she now has difficulty reading, writing and coping with certain social situations. But with her determination, and the help of her family and the Stroke Association she continues to make her best possible recovery, one day at a time. Not only this, but she’s also now a Stroke Association ambassador who goes above and beyond to raise funds for our vital work.
Quotes from Emma: "Without the Stroke Association I wouldn’t be where I am now, doing the things I do. Now, I’m determined to help others going through the same thing.”
“Christmas is my favourite time of year. I love taking my nephew and my two nieces to see Santa, and watching my favourite Christmas movie – Elf.”