“In 2001 I was dancing the night away in Blackpool at my friend’s hen party. I went to take a photograph and closed one eye to look through the camera and couldn’t see. I thought there was a problem with the lens in my glasses so I went to see the optician, he sent me to see my GP who sent me to the hospital for a brain scan. It was then that I was diagnosed with a brain tumour.
“I had surgery to remove the tumour and when doctors asked me to move my hand after the operation I couldn’t. In fact, it was through the left side of my body wasn’t there. That’s when they told me I had had a stroke.
“After a four-month stay in hospital, I eventually went home. I was very tired; I had no motivation or routine and felt very depressed. My walking wasn’t good and I had to learn to do simple things again like making a cup of tea.”
That’s when Rose found BASIC and quickly learnt that there were people there that understood what she was going through because the same thing had happened to them.
“With the help of BASIC I’ve gone from strength to strength. I feel less isolated, more positive, more confident and more knowledgeable. I have learnt new life skills and coping strategies and have been able to get a routine back into my life. I’m also much happier.
“At BASIC everyone treats you with respect. It doesn’t matter if you forget things or say things back to front or upside down, we all have a good giggle, it’s a wonderful place to be. It’s just one big happy family.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone at BASIC and would encourage everyone to support BASIC as much as they can so that they can continue to help people like me.”
Rose is one of the many people that BASIC is helping to achieve personal life goals following brain and spinal injury.