Stroke. It’s a very gentle word, don’t you think?
We stroke our pets. Ahhhhh.
We stroke our loved ones. Mmmmmm.
So why on Earth do we use the word for something which causes the greatest range of disability of any known condition? (There are over 1.2 million stroke survivors in the UK, over half of which have some form of disability). And stroke is the 4th largest cause of death in the UK.
So, as a stroke survivor myself, I prefer the term ‘brain attack’. Most of us are familiar with the term ‘heart attack’ and how serious this is. Not wanting to make light of the situation, but a heart can be replaced, transplanted. A brain cannot. Any damage to the brain can affect any and all of the body’s systems, both physically and mentally (mobility, swallowing, talking, breathing, eyesight, memory, anxiety, depression, comprehension, concentration, etc).
Let's change the word 'stroke' to 'brain attack'. Far more people would understand this, I feel.
So, I have written my story to music. I am hoping to;
1) raise awareness of stroke, particularly for young people (I was 55 when this happened to me, but it can happen to anyone of any age, even babies), and
2) raise money for Different Strokes.