A woman who is fighting back to full fitness after suffering a stroke is warning others that they could be struck down, regardless of age.
Maria Davey, of East Street, Warsop Vale, is just 52 but was hospitalised in May after she suffered the mild stroke.
She is now on the road to recovery, but admits it took her by surprise.
The mother-of-one said: “I do not think 52 is old to have stroke, it came out of the blue,” she said.
“I am quite a positive person, but I did go through that ‘why me?’ stage.
“But I’m trying to do something, setting myself a goal - my first was to meet my mother to play bingo!
“You can spend your time wondering if it could happen again, it’s always at the back of my mind.
“I always say that the brave may not live forever but the fearful don’t live at all!”
Maria, a former social worker, said she began feeling unwell on 6th May, when he left arm and leg began to feel weak and numb, and she struggled to walk.
But she passed the ‘FAST’ test, designed to confirm if a patient has suffered stroke, when paramedics rushed to her home.
It was not until a scan in hospital revealed that she had blockage in her frontal lobe brought on by more than 43 years of having type 1 diabetes.
Maria also suffers from fibromyalgia, kidney failure, and has lost the sight in one eye because of the diabetes.
She still has more recovery to go, with fatigue, a minor limp, word retrieval issues and emotional ups and down, but is confident it will ease with time.
But she puts the speed of her progress down to the staff at the stroke unit at King’s Mill.
She said: “King’s Mill comes in for bad press, but they were just marvellous with me and really helped. I was in there for less than a week and they sent round the early discharge support team.
“There were nurses, physios, and occupational therapists who came round on a daily basis.
“They were absolutely brilliant and very supportive, they simply don’t abandon you.
“I was very, very lucky.”
However, she is still surprised that she suffered a stroke, and is warning others that it can strike any time, although with the right help, a quick recovery is possible.
Maria has now organised a fundraising clairvoyance evening for this Friday, 16th August, at Boothys Club in Mansfield, starting at 8.30pm.
“I’m hoping to raise £1,000, that’s the aim,” she added.
Entry into the evening of clairvoyance at Boothys on West Hill Drive is £5 a ticket, and can be bought on the door.
The doors open at 7pm with the evening set to being at 8.30pm.
Maria, who is a medium and often gives talks at spiritualist churches, will be hosting the event.
There will be a huge raffle with prizes including a long weekend at a holiday home in Whitby for up to eight people, a family day pass at Butlins in Skegness, a meal for two at the Black Bull pub in Mansfield and a full garden furniture set donated by Wilkinson.
All money raised on the evening will go towards the King’s Mill stroke unit.
For further details of the event, or to inquire about tickets, phone Boothys on 01623 623729.