Being grateful

I think we all take our health and mobility for granted. It’s not until we suffer an injury or maybe have to care for a loved one who may suddenly become ill that we realise how much our life and freedom relies on being fit and healthy.

I often write about the affects a stroke has both physically and emotionally and how the loss of use of a limb whether temporary or permanent is in some ways like a mini bereavement.

Sometimes the simplest of injuries can render us incapable of achieving everyday simple tasks and as frustrating as that can be we must spare a thought for those people who are coping with incredible challenges every day all their lives.

Yesterday I went to to see the film ‘Me before you’ it is a beautiful film which really does make one think just how we do take our lives and abilities for granted. It also bravely and sensitively dealt with the right to choose to die. There wasn’t a dry eye in the cinema.

In life it really is about living our life a day at a time and making it count by being the best we can. Moreover trying not to take anything for granted.



May is Purple month for Stroke Awareness

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I have no hesitation in helping The Stroke Association to promote their purple month again this year. This is a subject and cause dear to my own heart. What better way to celebrate purple than with spring bluebells. Photo taken at Ashridge last year.

Anybody wanting to get an action pack can do so at

or call 020 7566 1500.

Over the years I have had cause to seek their advice on many occasions to help stroke survivors (they are not victims!) and The Stroke Association are absolutely brilliant. Their literature for people recovering from having a stroke is amazing too.

To quote their own purple leaflet:

Stroke is the second biggest killer in the world and the fourth biggest killer in the UK’

Please visit their website for ways in which you can help and/or donate. Remember the FAST signs to watch out for too:-

Face, Arms, Speech..time to call 999