About Me

Chris BantingHi, 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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Peter corfield -

Had my stroke 2010 left hemiplaegic and over active bladder and anxiety. Had skull replaced with plastic then had epileptic fit but I'm fighting back

Peter Corfield -

I also had a massive stroke 2010 June 1st. I was born with a malformation vein and artery joined in the brain. Time bomb !least it wasn't my lifestyle I was a teacher for 35 years primary. I had a helicopter ride to Dijon as I live in France now. I was left paralised down left side they cut a piece of my cranium out to operate then was put in a coma for 2weeks I had 5 months in re ed then was let home I have written two books on stroke experience and now a trilogy of children's stories I never wrote a thing before stroke I hated writing but it has given me focus I walk with a stick but not brilliantly I try to do a bit further every day I also had anxiety problem affecting over active bladder subconsciously thinking I m falling off a chair then had epileptic fit Xmas 2011 after having another op June 2011 to put a piece of plastic in my head with titanium screws Im waiting to go through a scanner at an airport to see what happens.The first children's book is available at burb bookstore.co.uk called FourAcre Field illustrated by a friend my stroke books are going on as ebooks much cheaper for meas I can't earn anything now I owe it to my wife to try to earn something she gets a small state pension and mine is tiny too as I had to retire early
Cheers Pete. if I can help the site in any way please ask

Yuette Tuason -

This blog was... how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks!

keith mccudden -

Hi i was also a 29 year old and I had a stroke in london in october 2011. I have just started reading other peoples stories about thier expeiriences because i've just started to realise i'm struggling even after a year to come to terms with the fact I have had a stroke. I am one of the lucky ones who have made a full recovery or so the doctors say. I feel I might have symptoms but i'm not sure it's not just me thinking about it too much van anyone help?

Ben -

My partner and I stumbled over here coming from a different web address and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i am following you. Look forward to checking out your web page repeatedly.

Elsa Hughes -

Hi Chris I'm so pleased to have found your web page, you are so poitive,which is a nice change. I had a stroke in March 2009,I spent three months in various hospitals, unfortunately I didn't receive much help in the way of physio eTC. my g.p.told me I'd had a severe strokewhich left me paralized on the whole of my left side.Since then I've realized I was quite 'lucky' compared to some people.Although Iwould love to walk again, I really want to gain the use of my hand and arm,according to two doctors I WILL NEVER REGAIN THE USE OF MY ARM! I am determind not to give up trying.I go to the gym twice a week. I would love to keep in touch and exchange stories with any or all survivours one thing that puzzles me is the strange conections of nerves and severe pain in my foot ankle and elbow at the same time as my ear

Trudi Luke -

Hi Chris i am a carer of my partner Richard who like you had a hemorrhage type stroke in july 2010, we are just looking for a bit of support and someone to swap stories with i suppose, he is really struggling and maybe a bit of a chat from someone else would help!!

Norman -

What a busy couple of years! So pleased that you are keeping positive. I was "released" from hospital a year ago - after 6 weeks - (also have renal dialysis 4 times each day) but I'm still waiting and hoping for my left hand to wake-up. Everyone tells me I must be patient! best wishes.

Timeline

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!!