Family man Paul Frost knows he’s lucky to be alive following a stroke two years ago - he cheated death not once but twice.
Then aged 44 he had arrived back home after eight hours drive when disaster struck.
Paul didn’t realise anything was wrong although his daughter asked why he was speaking strangely. He also started to lean over but wife Toni clocked immediately what was happening and yelled for emergency services to be called.
Paul was treated at the Conquest Hospital for the stroke and a clot in his right middle cerebral artery which came from an undetected hole in his heart. However medication to disperse the clot and thin his blood caused a dangerous and major bleed in the brain.
Paul’s body shut down on the left hand side and he lost use of that arm and leg. He spent three weeks in the acute ward with full-on care before being transferred to the Irvine Unit, from where he recieved physiotherapy which continued back home at Grange Court Drive.
His first aims were to stand, come out of his wheelchair and walk without support, and he has found his way through by setting goals and working towards improvement with the help and encouragement of his wife and family.
He said of his stroke: “It is just one of those things but it is a life-changing scenario because I know now that everything is worth fighting for and working for. I know it sounds corny. I live each day as it comes now, and take one goal at a time.”
A year after his health crisis he set up a group for local survivors and on Saturday they took part in a sponsored walk which raised over £500.
“The group is about passing on experience and knowledge from stroke surviviors, people who have been there and got the t shirt. It is about passing on experience.”
Apart from the website where stroke victims or families can make contact and find help, there are a regular sessions at Thalia House in London Road where they get together for a chat, to play games, swap battle scars, or share personal stories that no-one else can fully understand..
Go to website www.strokesupport-uk which has information as well as Paul’s own personal account of his experience, or phone him on 07999962208.