One thing that every stroke survivor needs is the belief that things will improve, even years later. Sure, you need realism but you have to believe that things will get better.
As I often speak about here, many of you will know, since my stroke I’ve visited the very ward where I was nursed (originally, I wrote “treated” here, but actually there was no treatment except physiotherapy), just to chat to people with a view to helping them come to terms with their new predicament. I’m not a clinicial but at least I’ve walked in the same shoes.
Imagine my surprise yesterday, when I learned that one of the doctors had been saying to people “get used to your new circumstances because you’ll never get any better from where you are now”.