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MargaretMargaret

I had a job in Gravesend for 16 years, working in administration for Gravesham Borough Council. As the administrator I was responsible for 20 staff. I was answerable to the head of department controlling planning, building, engineering and environmental services.

On Saturday April 2004 I felt ill and my husband took me Darenth Valley to A & E. The hospital confirmed I had a minor heart attack. I was kept in Hospital to monitor the situation. On Tuesday night I had a severe stroke whilst in hospital. I was unable to swallow and was paralysed on my right side. In June I went to Gravesend rehabilitation unit for three weeks and went home in July.

By this time I was only able to walk a very short distance and relied on ‘furniture walking.’ I went out in a wheelchair and I was working hard on speech with the therapists help. I could not use my right arm. During this time, about two and a half years, I felt unsure and nervous, although I was slowly improving in health and speech. I was retired on grounds of all health after a year of sickness.

As at today, five years on, I can walk without a walking stick, for a reasonable distance, and for short distance, when in a building, I do not need a stick. I have some speech, art and craft and can write left handed, but have still no use of my right hand or arm.

I enjoyed going to the QEF for art and craft, and now that has closed I go to Creatability at Riverside and Gravesend. I like to go to the Stroke Group on Wednesday to practice speech, and I have started a self-help Group at our local church hall on Monday for people who have speech difficulty.

When I had the stroke I was training to be a Lay Reader in the Anglican Church. Three years after the stroke I was licensed as a Reader. I now regularly read one of the readings at 8am Communion and have three short sermons at services.

I enjoy going to Greenwich University at Medway to assist with student interviews and student training when requested.

I have enjoyed a lot of help from a lot of very kind people.

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