Imagine you have just suffered a devastating stroke!

Imagine you have just had a stroke!

Devastating,  distressing, life changing.

By Bhernandez from miami - stressed and worried, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11438423
By Bhernandez from miami – stressed and worried, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11438423

Imagine you are stuck in a wheelchair,

Helpless and speechless.

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Now imagine you are transported back in time,

6 months before your stroke

Antique clock face with hands. Cindy Schultz on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/29008389@N03/5937058272
Antique clock face with hands. Cindy Schultz on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/29008389@N03/5937058272

You see your physically able self,

Master of your faculties,

Enjoying all the ‘good things’ of life.

By http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/obf_images/4c/82/72258f7d55d449942e63cf26072d.jpgGallery: http://wellcomeimages.org/indexplus/image/V0019565.html, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=36528051
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Now feel the regret,

That you did nothing to prevent the stroke,

The sudden event that stole your dreams and aspirations.

Regret. Neil Moralee on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/neilmoralee/13747234805
Regret. Neil Moralee on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/neilmoralee/13747234805

Now you realise this is a second chance,

After such a close shave,

Imagine the relief.

Phew!. Tibor Miklos on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tibormade/3267191528
Phew!. Tibor Miklos on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/tibormade/3267191528

Imagine the pleasure!

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Now you have a choice to make.

To resume the pleasures you previously indulged in…

Sumptuous Lunch. Nadir Hashmi on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nadircruise/5749352648
Sumptuous Lunch. Nadir Hashmi on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/nadircruise/5749352648

Or recollect the warnings you ignored before,

Which you turned a deaf ear to,

Which are now more valuable than all the gems in the world.

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You wisely decide to turn a new leaf.

Turn page. andy.brandon50 on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/54027476@N07/4999944659
Turn page. andy.brandon50 on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/54027476@N07/4999944659

Now make a full list,

Of all the things you should have done,

And could have done,

To prevent the disastrous stroke.

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Now take a hard look at your list,

And start acting on it,

Right now!

JUST DO IT. Paper Fold. the_fafa on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/32559932@N04/6051955099
JUST DO IT. Paper Fold. the_fafa on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/32559932@N04/6051955099

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Get off the couch,

Walk round the block,

Put out that cigarette.

Ashtray. Jocelyn on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/-jocelyn-/6513335519
Ashtray. Jocelyn on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/-jocelyn-/6513335519

Switch off the TV

Get on that weighing scale

Check your blood pressure

By www.volganet.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16363865
By www.volganet.ru, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=16363865

Cut down internet time,

Cut out the fat and carbs,

Get on the treadmill.

Running on a treadmill. E'Lisa Campbell on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/eccampbellphotography/5447958713
Running on a treadmill. E’Lisa Campbell on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/eccampbellphotography/5447958713

Say ‘pass’ to that pint 

Top up with the greens

Invest in a good pair of walking shoes

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Visit a garden or park this weekend

Mow the lawn

 Give up the stressful job

6/52³: Estrés / Stress. Andrés Nieto Porras on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/27247021692
6/52³: Estrés / Stress. Andrés Nieto Porras on Flikr. https://www.flickr.com/photos/anieto2k/27247021692

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And now you have finally done it!

You have prevented a calamitous stroke.

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It wasn’t that hard after all,

Now you can relax,

And be proud of yourself!

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You may download the powerpoint version of this presentation below:

imagine a stroke

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