A stroke is absolutely NOT sexy, let me be clear so I don’t offend anyone!
However, why have we still not made the subject of stroke with politicians, TV and newspaper editors SEXY enough to write about?
How often do you see more than just a few column inches or online pages dedicated to stroke recovery?
Cancer charities have successfully given cancer messages an even higher impact when they talk about giving the illness the ‘V-sign’ on TV.
Yet our national stroke messages seem so utterly boring and not newsworthy, well unless you are a well-known celebrity. (Andrew Marr, Lauren Bacall, Chris Tarrant, Hilary Devey, Jessie J, Sharon Stone,…..) give me strength. Normal people have strokes. In fact anything with a brain can have a stroke, so that includes unborn children in the womb!
While I’m ranting, why are other cancer charities and governments so preoccupied with stroke prevention?
Sure, prevention is very important, but what about those poor people who didn’t actually manage to prevent their stroke happening in the first place? What messages are out there to help us self-manage our own recoveries and possibly contribute to society?
Change the record please and start ‘ass kicking stroke’ and redress your stroke marketing messages to help people try to aspire to recovering more.
We are looking to supplement the grant we’ve been awarded with crowdfunding, if you fancy getting involved?
This is not just a documentary film about the world hearing the other side of the ‘LockedIn Unlocked’ stroke recovery story.
My story will join other remarkable stories where individuals haven’t ended up like the poor chap in the award winning film – The Diving Bell & Butterfly. Yes, sadly some individuals pretty much remain in a desperate state similar to his, but others simply don’t. My charity offers ‘no promises, just possibilities’
Indeed, this will hopefully raise awareness of some of the myths surrounding potential to improve after having suffered a brainstem stroke with or without locked in syndrome.
Quite a lot of people recover significantly and far more than the often very premature health professionals would formally suggest especially in the early stages of the illness.
I hope we kick ass with awareness, attitudes & treatment, but also explore the ways we can optimise the well-being of those who don’t enjoy significant improvement gains.
I hope Georgia’s film will give people, like I once was, an important VOICE!