I had my stroke following the clipping of an aneurism in 2007 and felt useless afterwards. I was moved to my lovely bungalow in Hitchin but knew nobody at all and after a while I became lonely frustrated and unable to do much or go anywhere. When my situation became frightening I turned to the Mental Health Services and had daily visits and eventually joined classes for Occupational Therapy where I heard about a new group that had started called Lifegeta, I was very wary of joining a group as laughing and chatting were what I really wanted and missed, not mulling over my worries but as it was near I decided to give it a try.
As soon as I walked in the door I felt at home, everyone is so friendly and easy to talk to and I didn’t have to talk about my illness until I felt I wanted to. I’ve made lots of friends now and been to places I would never have known about with people who understand how I feel. The wonderful thing about Lifegeta is it’s run by Sue who knows about the difficulties that we all face and helped by others who are going through similar things and everybody pulls together and share knowledge and tips. We’re like one big family.