Stroke news roundup: June 2022

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There are so many stories in the news about stroke, it can be hard to keep track. In our monthly news roundups we pull together a selection from the previous month to share.

Aphasia Awareness Month: Survivor stories

June was Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is a language and communication disability. You can find out more about it here.  

There were lots of stories in the news sharing information about what aphasia is and the stories of people who have it. 

Rocking Aphasia around the world 
One way people have been raising awareness about aphasia is by joining the Rocking Aphasia movement.  

Rocks painted with the words "#RockingAphasia" have been turning up all over the world. These have been created by people with aphasia, family and friends, even scientists and support workers. Anyone can join in.  

You can find out more about the movement from any of the group's social media channels or check out their interactive map. You can view the rocks and their locations from the map. 

County Derry woman sees improvement after speech and language therapy 
Jessie McConkey had her stroke in 2019. Her aphasia left her feeling frustrated and without confidence. Speech and language therapy through the Stroke Association made a big difference. You can read more about Jessie's storyhere on Irish News

How one man communicates his aphasia to people he meets  
Richard Puddiphatt from Aylesbury had a stroke three years ago. It left him with aphasia, but this doesn't stop him getting out and communicating. He uses a communication card and hand signals to let people know he has trouble speaking. His wife also credits the stroke clubs he attends for building up his confidence. Find out more about Richard's story on Bucks Herald.  

"People say I'm drunk...because I struggle to speak." 
When people hear Simon Sharpe speak, they think he's had a few too many. Even at 10am. But his communication difficulties come from a stroke he had last year. It left him with aphasia. Simon wants people to understand what aphasia is and how stroke can affect anyone. You can find out more about the campaign and Simon's story on LancsLive

Thank you to...

Sunday the 5th of June was "Thank you day." So we'd like to use this opportunity to pass on a few thank yous. 

Stroke volunteers receive thank you from Duke of Kent 
The Duke of Kent is the President of the Stroke Association. Both he and our Chief Executive Juliet Bouverie extended their thanks to stroke volunteers in a letter to the editor. You can read the whole letterhere on Stroud Times, but I wanted to include this quote:  

"So it’s a huge thank you from me and everyone at the Stroke Association. Thank you for giving hope to thousands of stroke survivors and their carers and supporting them with their recoveries – you’re amazing!" 

Juliet Bouverie, Chief Executive of the Stroke Association

Mark Charnock receives recognition for his portrayal of stroke 
The Emmerdale star won theBest Dramatic Performance at the British Soap Awards last month. Mark's performance has been a fantastic representation of stroke and the recovery journey. He also used his acceptance speech to raise even more awareness to how many people are affected by stroke every year. He said: 

“Not enough is being done given those numbers. There’s not enough funding for research. More needs to be done!” 

Mark Charnock, Actor

Astonishing funding raising event 
And finally, we want to thank everyone who has donated or done a fundraiser for Stroke Association. We wish could name you all here.  

A special mention this month goes to Stewart Anderson, a long-standing volunteer for the Stroke Association. Stewart raised over £6,000 running an abseiling event over Corwar Crag near Newton Stewart. Read more about the event on DNG24

Medical News 

And finally, there were a lot of news stories about some exciting research into stroke: 

  • Increasing how much activity you do every day can help prevent stroke. Even if it's just by a few minutes. Find out more on The Guardian
  • People who have had difficulty getting pregnant or have a history of miscarriage or stillbirth may have a higher risk of stroke than others. Read more in Medical News Today.  
  • NHS Tayside is the first health board in the UK to adopt so- called "precision medicine" in their stroke unit. This uses genetic information to help decide the best treatment. There's more information on STV News
  • Researchers have been investigating possible links between blood clots and long Covid. This raises concerns about people with long Covid being at higher risk for stroke and other health conditions. You can read more about the study on The Guardian

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