“I was recently back in hospital as an inpatient for the first time since my original open heart surgery at 3 weeks old. Whilst in the hospital I had a stroke which caused paralysis on my left-hand side. It was incredibly scary.
My parents and I have always had a very positive attitude to everything we do and I try not to let my heart condition affect me, so I was determined to get the use of my left side back as quick as possible.
Luckily I now have normal use of my hand and I can walk again, however, the experience did shake me and at times it was difficult to be positive.
Rachel and her team at Leeds were incredibly helpful to me in the hospital and continue to offer their amazing support even now I am home.
I would recommend that if you are going through a tough time it is worth talking to a member of the team about how you are feeling.
At first I was unsure, but to be honest I was surprised how uplifting it was. It is definitely worth it and it meant that I was able to get back to my old self.”
“Being admitted to hospital unexpectedly can be an extremely frightening experience. On top of this, some patients do encounter further challenges which can be overwhelming.
It is understandable that James struggled to be positive following his stroke but he remained mindful of the impact of his mood on his overall health and I was impressed by how willing James was to give talking a go.
As James says, sharing personal thoughts and feelings with a trained professional outside of your family or friends can feel different initially.
However, doing so allows the necessary time and space to process traumatic memories and identify strengths that can be used to overcome challenges.
Since hospital, James has done very well to return to college and back to the things he enjoys, well done James!”