Charles Fryer-Stevens... my road to recovery
I am a GB athlete, 3 times British Champion and 2014 U23 European Champion for Wheelchair Basketball and had been in the best physical condition in my life. At just 21 years old, on 21/07/2017, I had a stroke. My aim is to do three things. Raise awareness of the FAST message – Raise money for the Stroke Association – and write about my recovery on Facebook at: Charles Fryer-Stevens_OFFICIAL, to inspire others in a the same or a similar postion.
Remember: You could save your own or someone else's life, or help limit the long-term effects of stroke, by learning to think and act F.A.S.T.
F.A.S.T. or Face-Arms-Speech-Time is easy to remember and will help you to recognise if you or someone else is having a stroke.
Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
Speech – is their speech slurred?
Time to call 999 if you see any single one of these signs of a stroke.
The road to recovery... on my bike.
My stroke was caused by a vertebral artery dissection. It is a flap-like tear in the inner lining of the vertebral artery, which is located in my neck and supplies blood to the brain. The cause can either be spontaneous or traumatic. Fortunately in my case, the paramedic car and ambulance arrived quickly and identified what was wrong. I had all the signs, facial drooping, my arms were paralysed and I couldn’t speak. I was rushed to hospital by ambulance and given the thrombolytic agents within the 4.5 hour window to give me the best possible recovery.
I am finding it hard to rest and not be training with targets to constantly beat. With that in mind I have set myself the challenge of doing the Thames Bridges Bike Ride 2017 on 01/10/2017 as a part of my recovery. I am raising much needed money for the Stroke Association to provide vital services, campaign for better stroke care and to find better treatments. At the moment I don’t know which of the do three circular cycle routes I shall be able to so:
Please donate, and come on this journey with me.
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LocationKings House Sports Ground Riverside Drive,
with gift aid: £931.25
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