I had a brain haemorrhage on Tuesday 24th February 2000. In my working life I was a personnel officer and union activist (Branch Secretary, UNISON) for Westminster Council. I retired on health grounds after my brain haemorrhage.
I live with my partner Paul and our two children Julia and Peter, and Phoebe the dog.
Below are two photos of me, one before and one after the brain haemorrhage. Outside, people not think I'm different, except thinner. But inside I feel completely different. Not personality change, not like that at all. But my thought processes work in different ways since brain haemorrhage.
Receiving a certificate for 20 year service for Westminster Council
At my retirement party
volunteered for the working party for this research because I realised the
Internet has potential for people with aphasia. The main point of the
project was to make a website to give people with aphasia more
information. But the whole process has also been therapeutic, especially
making this homepage. I think anyone who has had a brain
haemorrhage/stroke would find writing/talking/reflecting on the experience
I made these pages by dictating to a tape, and Becky has typed them up. I find talking easier than writing. Together we have edited for repetition, but we have not changed the way I speak.