Joan Hanson

When I had my stroke& most cookery books like Delia Smith and others& they are too complicated and too many words& and what do you do if you only have one hand? How do you chop an onion? Joan's One Handed Cookbook gives people lots of handy tips and suggestions.

Before her stroke Joan worked for a theatre company and as a charity administrator. Mobility problems and aphasia changed her life:

I couldnt walk and I couldnt talk& Now I have to rely on my husband every time I want to go out.

One of the main benefits of coming to the therapy sessions was a growth in confidence:

'Oh God it's just incredible really. Writing out the recipes and spelling and numeracy& I never knew I was capable of writing a book and planning and designing it& well sort of& It's been remarkable really cos I've got so much pleasure and satisfaction and it's making me read and write better& Its em confidence& it's gradual and it's made me want to speak more and communicate with outsiders not just family

Joans daughter is training to be a Speech and Language Therapist at City University. Joan attends the self-advocacy group, which campaigns for people with aphasia and discusses hot topics affecting the lives of people with disabilities.


Joan has just taken her Art A-level. Since her stroke nearly five years ago she has taught herself to paint with her left hand. In her therapy sessions she worked with a team of students to produce the One Handed Cookbook. It has 40 recipes in a clear, easy to follow format for people who have difficulty reading and following recipes following their strokes.