To add to the publicity surrounding last week, Different Strokes added my blog to the Helping Each Other section of their website.
Different Strokes is a charity set up by younger stroke survivors to offer support to younger stroke survivors, at a time when most of the services available were aimed at the elderly.
In hospital after my stroke I felt very isolated until I found a Different Strokes leaflet which gave me a great sense of relief to know that I was not the only stroke survivor under 70!
Later I was a member of the Coventry Different Strokes exercise class. Their help included therapies such as massage, physiotherapy and always a tea break giving opportunities for general chats with other attendees with different experiences. The organiser, Irene, had an impressive, comprehensive and wide-ranging list of help that was available.
Because I was a member of this class, I found out about Conductive Education, which was instrumental in my recuperation and without it I would not be able to take part in this race.