A community pharmacist from Uddingston was so moved by her work with stroke patients that she is taking part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run at Glasgow Green on Sunday.
Emma Green had no direct experience of stroke until she was asked to help promote the F.A.S.T. campaign to advise people how to look out for signs of the condition.
She said: “My family has been quite fortunate health wise so stroke hasn’t been something that has affected me directly.
“I first heard about the Stroke Association a year ago when there was a big campaign to let people know what to watch out for in the early stages of stroke.
“I work as a locum pharmacist across the central belt and through that I have come into contact with quite a few patients who have suffered a stroke.
“It can be quite upsetting to see what they have to go through as the recovery process is difficult and frustrating for people who in most cases had been fully in control of their bodies before the stroke.
“As such I decided to take part in the Resolution Run to raise awareness about stroke and hopefully raise a little bit of money for the charity.
“The 5k distance is ideal as I tend to keep quite fit anyway, although if it’s icy then that could be a catastrophe.
“The best thing about the race is it allows people to come together and chat about their experiences and some of their stories can be very moving.”
Stroke Association community and events manager Kirsty Scott added: “If people make simple lifestyle changes, such as keeping blood pressure under control, eating healthy food and exercising more then there could be fewer strokes.”
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