Life after stroke

A stroke is a serious medical condition that can leave permanent disabilities. For example, basic daily activities, such as getting out of bed or walking short distances, may become extremely difficult. Because a stroke happens so suddenly, the person affected, and their family rarely have time to prepare for its consequences. Understanding these consequences, and getting familiar with coping strategies, is the first step for patients and carers in dealing with the issues they may face.

The brain controls everything we do and therefore a stroke has the potential to affect every daily activity. The effects of stroke can be broken down into two basic categories:

Physical Effects

Including changes to vision and paralysis.

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Emotional Effects

Including difficulties with concentration and changes in personality.

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Families, friends and carers

Caring for a stroke survivor can be emotionally demanding. Survivors can find it difficult to understand, or communicate what they would like or how they are feeling. They may also feel depressed, have mood swings, and vent their anger on those that are closest to them. Identifying the issues at hand, and getting familiar with the help that is available, can help all those affected to deal with their daily challenges.

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Real-life story: Sonal - The strength to support