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Work begins on new DVD for Parents with Stroke

02 March 2007

Being a parent is difficult enough - but after a stroke all those difficulties become even more of a challenge. Often support and advice is hard to find. So, the 'Having a Stroke – Being a Parent' Project (in collaboration with the Stroke Services Modernisation Initiative and funded by Guy's and St Thomas' Charity) is working with parents who have had a stroke, their families and carers to make a resource to help other parents and carers in the same boat.

Mum with stroke and her son

Catriona Grant and her son Craig during the filming of the new DVD 'Being a parent - having a stroke'.

This week recording began on a DVD which will illustrate some of the issues people face – picking up that parenting role again after stroke, dealing with emotions, reclaiming control and getting on with life again.

Craig's Mum Catriona, who had a stroke over three years ago, took part in the making of the DVD. Craig (aged 15) spoke of the day his Mum had her stroke and his thoughts and feelings when he was at the hospital. Catriona took part too, explaining how she now copes with both her aphasia and two teenage boys.

Sharon Smith, Janet Jackson and Catriona Grant are just some of the people on the advisory group who are sharing their experiences which were recorded and filmed by Pilgrim Projects.

Over the past six months Gwen Knight, Project Lead (Families and Friends) has been working with an advisory group of people with stroke, exploring the issues, gathering stories and collating tips and ideas.  As much material as possible has been gathered via events and individual interviews and all this will be compiled to produce a booklet and DVD to be published in Summer 2007.

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Boy on Dvd

Craig shares his memories of the day his Mum had her stroke.

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