Hitchin woman visits the Houses of Parliament to raise stroke awareness

A WOMAN who suffered two strokes before she was 30 has been invited to Westminster to talk about her experience.

Hitchin resident Sue Ross, who was initially paralysed from the neck down at 26 following two strokes, visited the House of Commons last week as part of a reception organised by the Stroke Association.

The 44-year-old was asked to attend the event after launching her free ‘Lifegeta’ workshops earlier this year - covered at the time by The Comet - which provide emotional support for those who have experienced similar traumas.

Sue, of John Barker Place, was joined by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley at the parliamentary reception on Tuesday, July 13, which was held to raise awareness and to promote the need for stroke prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, research and care to be made a greater priority.

Speaking after the event, Sue said: “When I got there people knew of me through my Lifegeta workshops which was really good.

“There was more focus on the emotional side of things which I’m really big on and that was encouraging as it is not always taken as seriously as the physical side.

“Lifegeta is going really well and I’m loving it.

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“I’ve always wanted to be able to get this message across - it’s very important.”

Following workshops in Stevenage and Letchworth GC in March and May, Sue is now planning further events for earlier September and October, although details have yet to be confirmed.

Visit www.lifegeta.co.uk or email Sue at suesanna333@talktalk.net for more information.