Every five minutes someone in the UK suffers a stroke.
Of those who survive, it’s all about loss. Many will be left with major problems such as significant physical disability, significant loss of one or more of the senses we take for granted, significant loss of speech or cognitive function – or some horrible combination of these. Stroke can have a devastating effect on your family and on the rest of your life. Spare a thought for those who, this Christmas, are coming terms with loss caused by stroke – loss of a loved one, loss of physical ability, loss of the sound of a much-loved voice, loss of character and personality.
In fact, why not spare more than a thought? Why not resolve to donate to one of the charities that provide support for stroke survivors, that fund research into this condition and that campaign for improvements to the treatment and rehabilitation stroke survivors can expect in our rich country? In the last few years I’ve been privileged to meet many stroke survivors and their carers who are rebuilding their lives against the odds. By supporting stroke charities, you are supporting them.
Hamish and I will be taking a break for the next few days and are fortunate in that we will be surrounded by friends and family. Hamish will spend much time near and under our kitchen table, jaws agape, expectantly awaiting the dropping of crumbs and food from the mouths and hands of small children. His Master will try to adopt a more dignified position but he will still be looking out for any Christmas fare that comes his way.
We’ll both look forward to writing on this blog again in 2013. Happy Christmas.