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I arrived from Madrid , Spain to the UK IN 1977, I originally came to get my English qualification to enable my work as a steward for  Iberia Airlines. I ended up working my way up the ladder in various catering establishments before buying restaurants… Read More »Joe


I was a lecturer in a school of nursing-Iraq.I was the Founder and Secretary General of the Iraqi Centre for Transparency & Anti corruption (ICTAC).  I stood as a candidate as MP for the first post-2003 parliamentary Election in Iraq . In 2007, I was… Read More »Jawad


Hi my name is Pauline. I was a nurse before I had my stroke. I live in London.  I thought I had lost everything when I had a Stroke but thanks to Odysseys and Rosetta Life who made me useful again by dancing, doing more exercise… Read More »Pauline


After school I became a gardener for Haringey borough council and then Glendale the company that had the grounds maintenance contract for St James/Green Park. Where I was cleared to work in Downing St garden In 1994 I gave up being a gardener to become… Read More »Gareth


I am a double award-winning artist from the South West of Ireland. I have a 2:1 in sculpture and one in fine Art printing. I got a distinction and I was given an award for further studies from the Irish American fund for further studies.… Read More »Lil


I was a plumber and an engineer working for a Reading based company for 16 years – I was working there at the time of my stroke (2015). I’m now retired and have recently become a great grandfather. I found Odysseys through the Stroke club and… Read More »Tony

Edilane & Fernando

I’m Edilane, I was born in Brazil, when I was 19, I moved to Portugal. In 2009, I met Fernando, Portuguese by nationality, my garden and the love of my life. I wasn’t sure about it because of all the differences between us, culture, age,… Read More »Edilane & Fernando


I am an ex- teacher.  In 2018 in February I had a stroke. I was at the hospital when a second episode happened and was thrombolised pretty quickly. My face fall and would tick, my left side weakened, my speech was muddled, and sometimes touretteey,… Read More »Fiona


I was born 1950 in Leicester, moved to Henley-on-Thames aged 10. Boarding school followed by University in France. Running my own Organic Honey import company from age of 25. Very keen sportsman, rugby, golf, squash and skiing. Rugby referee for many years. So due to… Read More »Colin