Ann Marie promotes new stroke resource

Ann Marie Murray plays with son Marc as she recovers from a stroke.
Ann Marie Murray plays with son Marc as she recovers from a stroke.

AN Uddingston woman who suffered a stroke aged just 33 is helping to promote a new range of resources aimed at helping children understand the afflication.

A stroke is usually seen as something only connected with the ‘older generation’, but it strikes more than 3,000 people of working age every year in Scotland, including Ann Marie Murray.

Ann Marie (34) suffered her stroke last December and is now making a good recovery supported by Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS).

Ann Marie said: “I got great support from everybody in the stroke team.

“There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll get there in the end, just don’t give up.”

She and her 10-year-old son Marc are among the first to benefit from the new material produced by the charity.

CHSS, in partnership with young stroke charity Different Strokes, has produced a set of books for three different age groups in either mum or dad versions.

Marc said: “When my mum had the stroke I felt worried, nervous and scared. The books were really helpful for explaining to me what had happened to mum and are a great way to understand more about stroke so I would recommend them to other young people.”

CHSS director of advice and support Margaret Somerville added: “This is an exciting new resource and we’ve already had a lot of interest.

The books will be available free in Scotland from CHSS and Scottish Stroke Nurses.

Packs are also being provided to stroke units in Scotland and the information will also be adapted for website use.

Full story in October 20 edition of Times & Speaker