Wendy Corp interview

What does it mean to you to be named a finalist in the Stroke Awards?

Astounded and very honoured, because I know that there are lots of very deserving people out there in the stroke community. I will use my nomination as an incentive for others to join in advocating for stroke. 

How has stroke impacted your life?

It’s hard to know where to start:
A huge change socially, with a loss of existing friendships but a gain of some wonderful new friends in other areas.
Every day I feel for my husband/carer and the changes he’s made to look after me … he just does it!
I’ve said it lots of times before but in the early years I tended to focus on the things I had lost then gradually, it became clearer that I could help those who find themselves in a similar position. So as my communication skills improved, I was able to re-focus my energy to the area of support.   

Why is raising awareness about stroke important to you?

Too many people just don’t know what a stroke is, or the seemingly endless number of areas it can affect in the human body.

What inspired you in your recovery?

I think finally recognising after three long years that I could decide what area of rehab I could focus on. Three years and I could walk short distances but I still couldn’t put two words together, as we were not given much choice back then. We were basically told what rehab would be best for us, whereas what I really wanted was to regain as much of my communication skills as I could.  

What is one thing you would like people to know about stroke?

Learn to recognise it (F.A.S.T.) … BUT if survival of stroke comes into your life, know that with determination and hard work, things will improve. NEVER GIVE UP!