My Battle Against My Stroke – Krishna Pindolia’s Blog

UK resident Krishna Pindolia writes an insightful and interesting blog which the folks at SRABC like to follow. My Stroke-athon Journey: 10 YEARS ON – a blog by Krishna Pindolia can be found here:  https://strokeathon10yearson.wordpress.com/

Here’s a sample of her writing:My Battle Against My Stroke - Krishna Pindolia’s Blog

Ten years ago, at the age of 18, on 2nd June 2005 I was diagnosed as suffering from a stroke. I was just about to take my A-level exams. It was the most important academic exam period of my life. In fact, I had already taken a Psychology exam. I was ready to take the rest of them and eventually go to university to study Pharmacy hopefully in Nottingham. The events leading up to me being admitted to hospital and having a stroke have changed my life forever. Until I had my stroke, I thought only old people and diabetic people were likely to be affected by strokes.  I didn’t know that anyone at any age, even babies could suffer from a stroke. I know that I would now be living a completely different life to which I am now.

I use to be quiet, shy, always focused on doing well in school. I wouldn’t say I was clever and neither would I say I struggled in school. I worked hard to achieve good grades. I got 7A’s and 6B’s at GCSE’s including English and Maths. I always wanted to study pharmacy in university as I enjoyed studying Biology and Chemistry and I was quite good at maths. I wasn’t popular, I had a few friends that I was close to and that was enough for me.

After having a stroke, things changed drastically. I didn’t know where I was, who my family were, my name, I couldn’t read or write and couldn’t speak much apart from saying the word “No”. I stayed three months in hospital and rehabilitation at the National Neurology and Neurosurgery (Queens Square) receiving the best care of speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and neuropsychology treatment to recover from the stroke. I then went home in August received community rehabilitation and I eventually went to a Vocational Rehab in London Bridge in January 2006 to help me go back onto my feet, go back to College and pursue my unfinished career. Not giving up, I went back to college to re-learn the A-levels. I eventually went to study Pharmacy at London School of Pharmacy for a year. I passed my coursework but failed my exams as they were all in one week and at that time I was visiting the hospital at least 3 times a week. It was too early to go university full-time but if I didn’t try I would never have known. At this point, I wasn’t going to give up that easy. I still remembered the day the doctors told me I would never be able to do anything but watch TV. It made me angry and made me even more determined to succeed. I told all my doctors that I would get a degree and prove it to them. I then decided to go to Westminster University to study Biomedical Science part-time and I achieved my degree 6 years later.

It’s been a really long journey but I feel like now is the time to share my story for several reasons.

Firstly, many members of my family and friends know about my stroke but not many know about the extent of my recovery and my whole journey in great detail because I found it difficult to talk about it back then. Only a selective few, know how hard I have had to work to be where I am today.

Secondly, I only had one mission back then … to complete my degree. Being told by your doctor that you won’t be able to do anything but watch TV at home was devastating. I had to prove them wrong because deep inside I believed I could do anything despite all the difficulties I was having after the stroke. I have been trying to achieve goals after goals till today. Most people probably thought I was crazy but I didn’t want to regret it later on in my life that I didn’t try when I could have. Now that I have achieved those goals, I have new ones and I am volunteering to get stronger so I can work one day as post-stroke fatigue and other problems are still affecting me.

Thirdly, despite all my gruelling efforts in overcoming my condition, my stroke seems to affect me today. Most people say that if I never told them I had a stroke they wouldn’t realise it. It’s all the strategies I have in place that hide away all my difficulties. On my bad days, I do find it difficult to explain things and struggle to process information quickly. Although, I have got much better over the years I still find it difficult to write fluently so I thought I would write blogs to improve my writing, show awareness about stroke and the preventative actions that can be taken by others.

Thanks to Daisy Hythe-Clayton, PR Officer (South) at the UK’s leading stroke charity, Stroke Association, for helping us to connect with Krishna and get her permission to reproduce her blog here. You can find out more about Stroke Association here: www.stroke.org.uk

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