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Hi,

First Post.

I had a stroke approx 4 years ago.Its been a long road but (luckily & fingers tightly crossed) I seem to have recovered fairly well. Having said that, at times it feels like my confidence seems to have suffered somewhat.

At a struggle I was able to return to work after 6 months.(I’m a Specialist Debt Adviser at Citizens Advice)

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@MisterO Hi & welcome to the forum. Good to hear you are doing ok after your stroke & that you have been able to return to work.

Confidence can be affected after stroke. I know mine has. Things I used to do without thinking about it I now double check with people. It’s strange isn’t it.

Look forward to hearing more from you.

Best wishes

Ann

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Hello Ann,

Thank You for replying

Absolutely agree on the things I used to do without thinking about it.

Also, even after all this time, I still suffer bouts of fatigue that seem to be brought on by stress.

Sincerely.

Paul

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It is 2 years for me but stress definitely brings on the fatigue for me too along with other things. I am back at work too but it is a daily struggle. Onwards we go though.

Ann

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Welcome @MisterO

If you’re 4 years passed and back to work then I guess you’ve got most things licked :slight_smile:

If you’ve got questions there’s lots of people here with answers, but give that youve 4 years experience its more likely that you’ll have answers for those who come along who are new to their journey with a lot of anxiety and unknowns

Enjoy your time here :slight_smile:
Ciao
Simon

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Hi @MisterO just popped in to welcome you to the forum :smile: I think most of us have had our confidence shuck post stroke :frowning_face: It’s the way it just hits so randomly that get’s me. I suppose it’s the post stroke symptoms, you have your good days and bad days :roll_eyes:

Hope to see you around the forum and Happy New Year :partying_face: :blush:

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Yes, Good days & bad days.

P

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Hello Simon

Thanks for the welcome.

Not sure I’ve got most things licked, probably mostly down to luck and some fantastic support from health professionals, friends & family. Have to say though, that my line of work has both helped and at times severely hindered but that’s another story.

Time seems to have passed by quickly. With hindsight I think I Should have joined this Forum earlier.

Paul

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Hi Paul @MisterO

What’s your work?

You’ve raised an interesting dichotomy - Time does go quickly, progress goes slowly. I wonder how those two correlate.

I’m sure I speak for others when I say we’d love to hear your story both the ups and the downs.

This forum is a bit of a conundrum. It’s moved software several times. The current software is a real challenge for many.
The process of encouraging people to join anything online with a membership/ subscription comes under the general descriptive of a " funnel". Most organisations makes that as easy as possible both technically and socially.
Opportunities are certainly lost to smooth the path here :frowning:

The social bit is handled by the members - I hope we do a reasonable job on that? But I’m sure we could do better, and we aren’t in control of the initial parts of that journey nor any other technical aspects.

I’d like to improve it - but to do that we have to be heard

Ciao
Simon

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Hi.

I’m a Specialist Debt Advice Manager / Supervisor at Citizens Advice, over 20 years experience in all aspects of Debt Advice Casework.and associated issues.

The basics of my story…

I suffered a stroke just over 4 years ago… I cant really remember what happened other than my brother finding me on the bedroom floor with a cut on my face unable to get up by myself. I was taken to hospital by emergency ambulance and was in there for 6 weeks. My left hand side was affected. It was a massive shock to me. After some fantastic support and encouragement from the hospital staff I came home and received ongoing support for another 6 weeks. As the feeling down my left side gradually came back I was encouraged to do a little more exercise. I was able to return to work again after 6 months however I did find this a struggle and with hindsight perhaps I went back too early. There was serious internal support issues at my place of employment that I felt were having a detrimental effect on my health but that’s still a little raw and best enough said for now. As thing stand I’m not far off being able to do what I used to be able to pre stroke however I still have bouts of fatigue, My confidence has taken a knock (even get a little depressed at times).

Feeling vulnerable for the first time in my life was (and still is to a certain extent) hard to come to terms with.

Could write another page or two on the ups and downs but maybe next time :wink:

Sincerely

Paul

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