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I had my stroke 8 years ago at the age of 44. Before my stroke I worked in a Bodyshop Repair Garage. My duties were collecting and delivering vehicles, talking to customers/suppliers and generally running the office, including workers wages etc.

My stroke bought an end to my working career as I was unable to drive as my balance was affected. I also had double vision and then after a year or so I developed a lung issue and had to rely on home oxygen.

On joining the Odysseys project it has brought my confidence back with both the singing and performing and I have made so many great friends.

My encouragement to others would be to stay positive, if you are having a bad day don’t turn it into a bad week. Always concentrate on what you can do not what you can’t do. Try to join a group where through the performing your confidence will grow.