You don't expect to have a stroke when you are perfectly fit and just over 50. But that's exactly what happened to the Chief Operating Officer of a major clearing bank when, just before Christmas last year, he found himself fighting for survival after a severe stroke.
"I was extremely lucky to have regained my mental faculties, but two weeks after it happened I could hardly stand up, let alone walk.
Within hours of arriving at The Wellington Neuro Rehab Unit we had begun work with physiotherapists and I began with their help and encouragement to work on my first goal. Within days I wanted to be able to walk - just 20 yards or so but I was determined.
My wife and I were treated as part of the team. We set my goals and almost every day I could see progress. Everything was tailored for me - they challenged me constantly. It was very hard, with up to six therapy sessions a day, but I was well looked after psychologically and because my personal motivation was so high, it worked!
I was so glad to get back to work. I thrive on my job - it's almost therapeutic although I did find it difficult for the first couple of weeks.
30% of stroke victims die. I was very lucky and not least because of the care I experienced at The Wellington."