LETTER: Willpower can help stroke victims succeed

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I READ in the Hartlepool Mail about the man who had a stroke but decided to make the best of it.

He helped himself as much as possible.

This reminded me of my daughter, who had a stroke at five years old.

She was at school when it happened.

After play-time the lovely young teacher found she was not responding to being spoken to, and seemed ill.

She laid my daughter on a desk, called the head teacher to tell her she wanted to take my daughter home, but the head refused.

She told the teacher she must take the rest of the children to the church and the child must go home with her sister.

So my daughter, eight years old, tried to get her sister home.

She was struggling to carry her but, fortunately, a man who lived near took her and brought her home.

Of course, as soon as I saw her I called for a doctor.

She was taken to the hospital.

She was not able to speak and not able to use her left arm.

It was some time before she could learn to walk or speak again.

Even as a child she had lots of will-power and tried so hard to live a normal life.

Later, along with myself, although lame, she learned to dance.

She even got a medal for ballroom dancing as a disabled dancer.

She went with me to the local dances and eventually married.

She always wanted children and had two girls.

She would not accept help and looked after the home and the children well.

After a while her husband left her.

She was left without money to bring up her family.

I helped her get the money she needed.

She is now living alone as her daughters are grown up, and she is now over 70.

So, indeed, a strong will-power can help stroke victims to lead a fairly normal life.

Kathleen Wiley,

Queens Park,

Stockton-on-Tees.