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Julie Cleary

Visiting 120 orienteering controls - 1 for every month in the 10 years since my stroke

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The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

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On 20th October 2008, I had a dissection (a tear in the lining) in my left carotid artery causing a stroke.  I remember trying to say something and nothing came out.  I was whisked off in an ambulance to spend a month in hospital, speechless!
My neurologist diagnosed aphasia, among other things, and I was assigned a Speech and Language Therapist.
Aphasia is an inability to comprehend or formulate language due to damage in the brain.  Often caused by strokes but head trauma and progressive neurological disorders (eg MND and dementia) can worsen the condition.
Imagine not being able to tell your doctor how you feel? Or being incapable of saying please or thank you - that was my life for about 2 months before I began to teach my brain to communicate again. 
Pippa, my SLT, and Ronan worked very hard teaching me to speak, read and write (at first with my left hand: almost illegible!), like I was a toddler  A for apple, B for bird, C for cat....
With a lot of hard work over months I got back to speaking (slowly at first), reading newspapers and books, to work, and in 2014 I took my last OU exam and gained my BSc. 
Many people aren't so lucky - I'm doing this for them.   

Event details

Julie's Orienteering Control Challenge

Orienteering is often called "the thought sport", and a therapist speculated that my recovery was greatly aided as all my life my brain has been trained to figure out routes around things - like a lake or damaged neurons!
I'm asking you to please sponsor me for every control flag I find on my races for a month - only the correct ones, of course 😊  
One control for each month since I had the stroke so 120 in total ; 10p per control is £12, 20p would be £24 and so on.   
Update 1: Started well as I got 39 controls at Guildford Orienteers & Happy Herts events.
Update 2: Sunday 28 was tough, cold and rainy but I managed 22 flags at Saxons SE Score Champs.
Update 3: Winchester City (17 flags) & November Classic on 3/4 Nov.  Ran over 7km through marsh & heather on Sunday for a meagre 11 controls!
Update 4: Controller's Assistant at the LOK Holmbury event on 11/11, I checked 12 controls.  101 flags - getting near!
Update 5: MV Night (16th) and SO's Tilgate (17th) events - 14 flags each.  Then did the Yellow with friends & got another 8.
          😊 137 controls 😊 Thanks everybody
See gallery for photos.

Event date

20-October-2018 00:00  - 
21-November-2018 00:00

Event type

Orienteering Control Challenge

Event is completed


Well done Julie.
Donation by Anonymous
on 20-11-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Congratulations - 137 flags!
Donation by James Hellings
on 20-11-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Great idea and super cause - go Julie!
Donation by Maggie Jones
on 20-11-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Go Julie!
Donation by Ian n Sally
on 19-11-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Great idea Julie
Donation by Carol Edwards
on 19-11-2018
£3.00 gift aid
Sorry for delay, been in Tanzania
Donation by Shane and Joan
on 19-11-2018
£0.00 gift aid
You really are inspirational to all of us!
Donation by Carole Walters
on 17-11-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Keep going Ju!
Donation by Ian
on 17-11-2018
£12.50 gift aid
Donation by Matt Robin
on 16-11-2018
£2.50 gift aid
I fear that you have more than made up for the two months of silence over the past ten years. I'll double my donation if you get to 130.
Donation by James and Geraldine Hellings
on 16-11-2018
£7.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £3,385.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £3,385.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £4,005.62

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