Sarah had a stroke in 2012.
“I look normal, I understand everything and I can speak some words but others just don’t come. I didn’t like going out alone in case I would have to answer a question. The first time I went to the pharmacist they asked for my name and address. The only word that came out was ‘Kathmandu’. The lady serving made me feel awful and other people in the queue moved away. Another time a waiter thought I was drunk because I couldn’t say the words to order my food.
“Where possible I explain what has happened but you need to stay brave, prepare for the wrong words to come out and try to laugh rather than cry.”