10 things I didn't know about Strokes

9 May 2019

I didn't know a lot about Strokes until I had one (I had a Stroke if you didn't know) and to save you having to have one I thought I'd jot down some of the things that I didn't know so that you can know them too. Cool? Cool.

1. They can happen for no reason, as in, one day a bit of blood can decide to get stuck in your brain, kill a bit of it and you'll never know why. Mind-blowing (excuse the pun) isn't it? 

2. The brain can fully recover from a Stroke, I thought that once you had a Stroke you were pretty f*cked and the damage that you had was forever. When I was sitting in my hospital bed with my harm hanging by my side and only half my face working I didn't properly believe the Dr's when they said I'd make a full recovery, how can you go from having paralysed limb to not having one? Bloody magic the brain is. 

3. Strokes don't always hurt, when they're happening they can feel weird but often not painful

4. They really do ruin your life, and it takes a lot of mind over matter and mindfulness (with a damaged mind) to come to terms and move on from it. 

5. There's more than one type of Stroke; Ischemic and Hemorrhagic. An Ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain. In a Hemorrhagic stroke, blood leaks into the brain from a ruptured vessel. There are also Mini Strokes or TIAs that are smaller strokes with temporary symptoms, whilst they tend to go away they're often a warning sign and shouldn't be ignored.

6. The timescale for the most effective and successful recovery is just three hours after the first symptom. That is why it's so important to think F.A.S.T and get to a hospital if you suspect you or someone else is having Stroke. 

7. If caught in time, Strokes can be very simple to treat. I was given Aspirin, a simple drug that can be bought in the health section of most shops. 

8. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death un the UK 

9.  A stroke that occurs on one side of the brain will cause damage to the opposite side of the body. Right side brain damage, for example, normally causes left side physical symptoms. 

10. Although full recovery is possible from a Stroke there are often long-term effects, mine include, tightening of my face when I'm tired or nervous, a heaviness in my arm when I've been active and forgetfulness.


  1. This was definitely an informative post.

    Candice x


  2. It's brilliant that you're raising so much awareness, Issy. I had TIAs but thankfully they didn't progress any further xx

  3. Thank for sharing all this info - very useful. It's great to see you recovering well x

  4. Love this! Did you know a stroke and a heart attack - and a pulmonary embolism are all essentially the same thing - a blood clot stopping oxygen from reaching vital organs... did you also know the brain is SUPER clever, and even if you take away a huge chunk - even half - it can relearn and adapt, brains are awesome! Your brain has done awesome! Can see so much improvement in such a small time with your smile :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  5. You go girl! Thank you for sharing your personal life experiences.

  6. A great post Issy - I always keep aspirin in the house these days as you just never know!
    Em x

  7. This was really informative. I didn't really know alot about strokes apart from the aspirin.

  8. It's scary that these things can come out of nowhere, even if you're not considered to be at a particular risk, but on the flipside so reassuring to know brain recovery is possible

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  9. I love your stroke posts because it shows such a different and quite positive side to something so many don't understand xx

  10. This was really useful to read as I barely knew any of this x

  11. This is such an eye opening read. Well done you for helping raise awareness lovely.
    Chantelle x
    The Girl In The Tartan Scarf

  12. You are truly an inspiration. To talk so candidly about this raises so much awareness, and I have learnt so much through your posts. xx

  13. I didn't actually know a lot of this so found this very helpful x

  14. There's so much that I didn't know about strokes before now!

  15. I didn’t know any of this. You’re doing so amazing raising as much awareness like this.


  16. And there is aphasia.
    52 and didn't know this!!


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