Hi, my name's Chris Banting. I had 2 strokes in February 2010 when I was 29 years old - 3 days apart. The latter stroke was so severe (which is a bleed to the brain) that for 2 days it was touch and go whether I would survive or not, but I did!
The strokes damaged the left side of the brain so my right side of my body was affected especially my arm and leg, which I have limited movement, and it also affected my speech, memory, fatigue and behaviour.
I have aphasia, a communication problem, so to begin with I could hardly speak any words and reading and writing was really difficult. My speech is very good now providing I have notes to read from. If I didn't have notes, I would still struggle.
Also, I've got a heart condition called Atrial Fibrillation, which is an abnormal heart rhythm usually associated with a fast heart rate - up to 220bpm. Since 2010 I've been in hospital many times and had 2 heart operations, a pacemaker fitted, and a cardioversion, which is basically an electronic shock to the heart.
But I'm still positive and I'm still improving even now!!
I'm currently volunteering at The Stroke Association and going to Headway, a brain injury charity organisation.
I've also got a part-time job with the assistance of The Pluss Organisation, an organisation that helps people with disabilities.
I've designed this website which will, hopefully, help other people who've had a stroke or people who want to find out more about strokes.
If you want to contact me, then I'd love to hear from you. The contact details are on the Contact page.
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February 9th 2010 - Ischemic Stroke (blood clot)
February 11th 2010 - Hemorrhage Stroke (a bleed to the brain)
March 2010 - 6 weeks in hospital, discharged March
April 2010 - Back in hospital for 2 weeks with Atrial Fibrillation (heart racing)
July 2010 - Back in hospital with Atrial Fibrillation, transferred to Oxford, underwent a heart operation called an Ablation. 9 days in hospital
January-May 2011 - Atrial Fibrillation on many occasions and had a variety of tests and investigations
May 2011 - Back in hospital with Atrial Fibrillation, transferred to Oxford, underwent an Ablation. 9 days in hospital
August 2011 - Pacemaker fitted to control my low heart rate (sometimes 29bpm!)
December 31st 2011 - Back in hospital with Atrial Fibrillation
January 4th 2012 - Had a Cardioversion (electric shock to the heart) to restart my heart
April 2012 - Turned on a setting on the pacemaker to control my fast heart rate
My heart, for now, is fine, fingers crossed!!