8th Dec, 2016

Stroke survivor set to run first 5K since recovery

Stratford Editorial 8th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A STROKE survivor from Tysoe is preparing to run her first 5km in aid of the charity that helped her recovery.

Jacqueline Franklin will take part in the Stroke Association’s Resolution Run on Sunday (March 20) just three years after suffering a stroke.

Fitness enthusiast Jacqueline began experiencing visual problems and pins and needles in her left hand side back in October 2013.

Her doctor referred her to Warwick Hospital but due to her age and good health, Jacqueline’s stroke went undiagnosed.

The then 51-year-old returned to work as a florist, however she was still having problems and went back to hospital where she spent days undergoing tests before doctors confirmed she’d had a stroke.

She said: “I struggled to accept it as I considered myself fit and healthy. I enjoyed running regularly, going to Zumba classes and taking part in boot camps. I’m proof a stroke can happen to anyone at any time.”

Having undergone physiotherapy, Jacqueline is now ready to take to the grounds of Warwick Castle for the first 5km run since her stroke.

She added: “Although I’m recovering well, I still have some problems with weakness in my left side and I get tired much more easily.

“Training for the Resolution Run is hard – running hasn’t come as naturally to me as it did before so this will be a real challenge.”

Visit www.stroke.org.uk/resolution for further information.