I may be a warrior - but there are plenty more of us out there

Weekend mornings for Mr and Mrs Warrior are leisurely affairs; she usually washes her hair, one or other of us walks the dog, we make sorting out the washing a joint affair. Then, we take a stroll up the road to our local branch of a well-known pub chain, where we eat breakfast and peruse the papers.
She studies the TV section, I read the sport.

Last weekend, however, our reading was a little more serious. We were notified (via Facebook, of course) that a former colleague of mine on the Tamworth Herald, Jane Bond, had written a piece for the Daily Telegraph which was on their website and in their weekend section that morning.

It told the deeply emotional story of how Jane's young daughter, Amy, had been diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1999.

It told of her painstaking and ongoing rehabilitation; it told how her oncologist had told Amy's parents that he believed she would recover, speak and walk again; it told how, 16 years later, they found out that he was lying. He never thought she would walk again but had said the opposite because "I just don't believe in depriving people of hope."

And so much of it struck a chord with me and, no doubt, with fellow strokies. There was the bit where the medical profession talked of how the major improvements come early, then slow, plateau and eventually stop. How six months without improvements meant that recovery had stopped. Plenty of strokies are told that. Plenty of strokies defy the experts by continuing to improve more than a decade after our strokes.

Jane told of how Amy's balance was poor because her cerebellum was affected, but how she can walk unaided. That's me. Ninety-five per cent of the time, the only physical indication that there is anything wrong is a slight limp. Then, I get a bit careless about picking my feet up and have passing strangers scraping me off the pavement. Jane told how Amy's working memory is unreliable but 'she has the long-term memory of an elephant." Again, that's me (see last week's post!).

Jane always was a wonderful writer and a talented journalist. It comes across in this piece. It deserves an even wider audience than it got from the Telegraph, which is why I'm sharing it across all the stroke-survivor social media outlets I use, plus my small-business contacts. You can read it in full at http://tinyurl.com/jdt3upk. I recommend you take a few moments to do so. I get plenty of people telling me that I'm inspirational. So is this story - in spades.