Filming begins in Oldham for our Fifth Family - The Snell’s
Graeme often used to enjoy going to the park for a run; when he returned for a stroll for the first time after recovering from a stroke, the realisation that the things he had always taken for granted might never be the same again hit him hard.
Graeme Describes His Stroke
In this brief but heart-warmingly frank and cheerful account, Graeme talks us through the workings of his stroke and how seeing a physical representation, in the shape of an MRI scan image, helped him come to terms with the severity of what had happened to him.
Graeme openly discusses the ins and outs of his support group and how he’d been harbouring guilt for his relative good health and mobility compared to other stroke victims.
The support of 7 Families gives Graeme the breathing space required to ease himself back into work as he is able to focus on his rehabilitation. Today Graeme meets with Joy, a RedArc nurse who he can speak to freely about his condition and how it’s affecting him.
Here we get a closer look at how sudden illness can effect the loved ones of a victim, as Fiona, an old friend and partner to Graeme, talks openly to the camera.
After his stroke Graeme felt understandably sluggish and flat, we catch up with him to see how his rehabilitation is progressing and find out how exercise is helping him to feel a lot more positive about the future.
Graeme is feeling positive about finding work. His rehabilitation has been progressing nicely and has been keeping himself busy with volunteer work. He now feels he’s ready to jump back into paid employment.
Graeme’s motivated to return to a normal life. His confidence is on the rise, and in this upbeat catch-up he talks about the multitude of different steps he’s taking to get back into work - and how 7 Families is helping him prepare for this new chapter.
As part of his back-to-work plan, Graeme is training to become a trainer. The final part of his course involves delivering a presentation. How will he get on?
Graeme continues to move forward with his life. Now that he’s put his stroke behind him, the time feels right to move in with partner Fiona.
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