An 81-year-old grandmother is on the road to recovery – on her bike – after a stroke left her unable to even recognise her husband.
Laura Pepper, of Market Deeping, was left very weak after suffering a stroke just five weeks after having a pacemaker fitted.
She remembered nothing of the stroke in July last year – but now she is back on her beloved bike showing off a shiny new helmet thanks to the support of her family, friends and specialist care from Lincolnshire’s Assisted Discharge Stroke Service (ADSS).
Laura said: “I do not remember much, just that my husband has told me I didn’t recognise him, which wasn’t very nice of course.
“I didn’t remember anyone except my daughter-in-law Rebecca, that’s all I knew.”
But with six weeks of physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy from Lincolnshire Community Health Service stroke service, combined with lots of hard work and willpower, Laura is also now back enjoying the many societies and activities she has long been a part of, including Market Deeping WI, Deeping’s Heritage, Mother’s Union and Ladies’ Guild.
She has also rejoined her craft clubs and has started making her Christmas cards.
Laura added: “The therapists from ADSS made me feel as though I was the only person that mattered.
“They started everything at once, speaking and physio. It was wonderful because I did everything they said because I wanted to get better.”
Rachel Horner, a speech and language therapist, said: “Laura’s main priority was to be able to communicate to all her friends and family, both verbally and via email.
“She had a very active social life before her stroke and was determined to continue this.
“After much practice, dedication and hard work she has achieved many of her goals.”