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Stroke victim resolves to tackle 5k challenge for charity that set her on road to recovery

Stroke victim resolves to tackle 5k challenge for charity that set her on road to recovery

by Danielle Thompson (February 2020)

A MUM who suffered a stroke aged just 27 is set to tackle Liverpool’s ‘Resolution Run’ to raise funds for charity.

The event, at Croxteth Country Park on Sunday, April 19, is in aid of the Stroke Association which provides specialist support for and funds critical research and campaigns to help stroke sufferers rebuild their lives.

The course features 1k and 5k loops that runners can alternate between to complete their own personal challenge up to 15k.

Nurse Lydia Johnson, 29, from Hesketh Bank, who is tackling the 5k route, explained what happened when she realised she had suffered a stroke. “I felt ill whilst at work with a bad headache and dizziness but as a migraine sufferer, I thought I just needed to get home, take some pain relief and rest in a dark quiet room.

“But then my speech became jumbled and I had severe left-sided head pain, loss of vision and was struggling to communicate.”

The following day, Lydia went to A&E and following a CT scan and an assessment, she was given the devastating news that she’d suffered a stroke!

“Although my stroke has had little impact on my abilities and independence, it has had quite a significant impact on my psychological health. Physically I can struggle with fatigue and shortness of breath at times, as well as pins and needles to my affected side.

“I am just very thankful I am well supported, especially by my husband, and we have had our first child, daughter Norah who is now nine months old.

“My family and friends are also a great support and I have found comfort in my Christian faith too and support from church.

“I will be so proud to do the Resolution Run as a stroke survivor and I hope to raise at least £250 for the Stroke Association to help other survivors to rebuild their lives. Thanks to the association and its website I realised I wasn’t alone in my experience as a younger person.

“Training is going well and I am building up my running again, mostly at the gym at the moment until the weather improves. I’m also trying to get my body back in shape following pregnancy.”

Hannah Traynor, Regional fundraiser at the Stroke Association, Hannah Traynor, added: “Stroke recovery is a marathon not a sprint and each recovery is as individual as each survivor. That’s why we’re encouraging people to join our Resolution Run as an opportunity to mark a milestone in your own recovery, show your support for a friend or family member affected by stroke, or in memory of a loved one.

“You can run, walk or cheer and choose your distance to suit you. It’s more than a run - it’s a resolution to help rebuild lives.”

To join the run, visit resolutionrun.org.uk, email resolution@stroke.org.uk or call 0300 330 0740.

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