Stroke Survivor Grainne Tells Her

Story 

Life changed forever On   17th   October   2016,   Grainne   Rice’s   life   changed   forever   when   she   had   a   stroke   just   hours   after   celebrating   her daughter’s birthday. The   day   that   Grainne   had   her   stroke   she   felt   a   little   dizzy   and   unwell   around   lunchtime   but   she   didn’t   think   anything   of   it. Later that night she woke up in excruciating pain but she ignored it and went back to sleep. The   next   morning   she   woke   up   feeling   very   sore   and   tired   and   her   arms   felt   heavy.   Later   that   day   she   happened   to   be passing   the   doctors   so   she   decided   to   go   in   and   explain   her   symptoms. They   treated   her   for   a   blocked   nerve   which   helped put her mind at ease. Later   that   night   she   was   talking   to   her   husband   and   all   of   a   sudden   became   extremely   dizzy   with   no   coordination   and began   to   feel   very   ill.   As   the   night   went   on   she   just   became   more   ill.   Convinced   she   had   a   stomach   bug,   she   decided   to stick   it   out   for   a   few   days.   Two   days   later   she   went   to   A&E   when   she   was   convinced   that   something   wasn’t   right.   The doctor   checked   her   hand   and   arm   movements   and   it   was   then   that   they   realised   she   couldn’t   touch   her   nose   with   her   right hand. 
Grainne Rice stroke survivor - nichs
Diagnosed with a stroke Grainne   had   a   CT   scan   which   came   back   clear   so   she   was   sent   home   with   an   appointment   to   come   back   in   a   few   days   for an   MRI   scan.   Numerous   tests   and   examinations   later,   Grainne   was   diagnosed   with   a   stroke .   Fortunately   she   didn’t experience   any   paralysis   but   she   did   have   a   few   cognitive   problems   with   regards   to   concentration,   word   recognition,   mood swings, fatigue and forgetfulness. Once   released   from   hospital   she   was   housebound   for   almost   three   months.   She   had   countless   MRI   scans   and   tests   and had to make some temporary life changes. How NICHS helped After   a   few   months,   she   met   with   Eimear   Bradley,   Occupational   Therapist,   who   convinced   Grainne   to   take   part   in   the NICHS Moving On programme. Grainne said: “It   was   fantastic   getting   to   meet   and   talk   with   people   who   had   been   through   similar   situations.   We   all   had   different   stories but   the   main   thing   we   all   had   in   common   was   dealing   with   ‘acceptance’   and   the   need   to   build   up   our   confidence.   I   actually went through the ‘Moving on Programme’ twice!” “NICHS   helped   me   deal   with   and   understand   these   issues,   and   build   up   my   confidence   especially   with   the   exercise programmes which were overseen by a dedicated physiotherapist.” “I   cannot   believe   the   journey   I’ve   had.   Now   I’m   only   on   a   few   medications   which   I’ll   have   to   take   for   the   rest   of   my   life   but I’m finally back to a place where I feel like my life is getting back to normal.”
Grainne- stroke survovor team - nichs
Written by Cheryl Brown Events Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Putting her best foot forward Now   only   eighteen   months   later,   she   is   putting   her   best   foot   forward   and   is   taking   part   in   the   Great   North   Run   on   the   9th September. In   January   2018   she   began   her   training   by   starting   slowly   and   steadily   twice   a   week.   She’s   already   completed   two   5k’s   to date and cannot wait to take part in the Great North Run which is a half marathon. She   says,   “I’m   even   more   excited   to   do   it   knowing   that   I   will   be   helping   to   raise   funds   for   a   fantastic   local   charity   that   is actually changing lives right here in Northern Ireland.” If you would like find out more about the stroke support we offer, visit nichs.org.uk/strokesupport.
Life changed forever On    17th    October    2016,    Grainne    Rice’s    life changed   forever   when   she   had   a   stroke   just hours      after      celebrating      her      daughter’s birthday. The   day   that   Grainne   had   her   stroke   she   felt   a little   dizzy   and   unwell   around   lunchtime   but she   didn’t   think   anything   of   it.   Later   that   night she    woke    up    in    excruciating    pain    but    she ignored it and went back to sleep. The   next   morning   she   woke   up   feeling   very sore   and   tired   and   her   arms   felt   heavy.   Later that    day    she    happened    to    be    passing    the doctors   so   she   decided   to   go   in   and   explain her   symptoms.   They   treated   her   for   a   blocked nerve which helped put her mind at ease. Later     that     night     she     was     talking     to     her husband     and     all     of     a     sudden     became extremely    dizzy    with    no    coordination    and began   to   feel   very   ill. As   the   night   went   on   she just   became   more   ill.   Convinced   she   had   a stomach   bug,   she   decided   to   stick   it   out   for   a few   days.   Two   days   later   she   went   to   A&E when    she    was    convinced    that    something wasn’t    right.    The    doctor    checked    her    hand and   arm   movements   and   it   was   then   that   they realised   she   couldn’t   touch   her   nose   with   her right hand.
grainne stroke survivor - nichs
Diagnosed with a stroke Grainne    had    a    CT    scan    which    came    back clear     so     she     was     sent     home     with     an appointment   to   come   back   in   a   few   days   for an      MRI      scan.      Numerous      tests      and examinations    later,    Grainne    was    diagnosed with      a      stroke .      Fortunately      she      didn’t experience   any   paralysis   but   she   did   have   a few     cognitive     problems     with     regards     to concentration,       word       recognition,       mood swings, fatigue and forgetfulness. Once     released     from     hospital     she     was housebound    for    almost    three    months.    She had   countless   MRI   scans   and   tests   and   had to make some temporary life changes. How NICHS helped After    a    few    months,    she    met    with    Eimear Bradley,       Occupational       Therapist,       who convinced   Grainne   to   take   part   in   the   NICHS Moving On programme  Grainne said: “It   was   fantastic   getting   to   meet   and   talk   with people     who     had     been     through     similar situations.   We   all   had   different   stories   but   the main   thing   we   all   had   in   common   was   dealing with   ‘acceptance’   and   the   need   to   build   up   our confidence.     I     actually     went     through     the ‘Moving on Programme’ twice!” “NICHS   helped   me   deal   with   and   understand these    issues,    and    build    up    my    confidence especially     with     the     exercise     programmes which      were      overseen      by      a      dedicated physiotherapist.” “I   cannot   believe   the   journey   I’ve   had.   Now I’m   only   on   a   few   medications   which   I’ll   have to   take   for   the   rest   of   my   life   but   I’m   finally back   to   a   place   where   I   feel   like   my   life   is getting back to normal.”
grainne stroke survivor team - nichs
Written by Cheryl Brown Events Manager Northern Ireland Chest Heart and Stroke
Putting her best foot forward Now   only   eighteen   months   later,   she   is   putting her   best   foot   forward   and   is   taking   part   in   the Great North Run on the 9th September. In   January   2018   she   began   her   training   by starting    slowly    and    steadily    twice    a    week. She’s   already   completed   two   5k’s   to   date   and cannot   wait   to   take   part   in   the   Great   North Run which is a half marathon. She    says,    “I’m    even    more    excited    to    do    it knowing   that   I   will   be   helping   to   raise   funds   for a     fantastic     local     charity     that     is     actually changing lives right here in Northern Ireland.” If   you   would   like   find   out   more   about   the   stroke support we offer, visit nichs.org.uk/strokesupport.

Stroke Survivor 

Grainne Tells Her Story