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Christmas and giving back.

We were lucky enough to spend time with Olwen again at her clinic for a catch up ahead of Christmas.
Thank you for inviting me in to December’s issue. It’s great to see the magazine getting thicker and to see what Pontypridd has to offer in terms of services.

So are you looking forward to Christmas?
Yes very much so. It’s a great time to spend with family and friends and to remember what is important.

Will you be working over the Christmas period?
Absolutely. The clinic will be open all week in the lead up to Christmas Eve and for a couple of days after
the Bank Holiday leading up to New Year Celebration time. I have always offered appointments during this
time as often find that Christmas festivities lead to injuries more often than not!

Are you all set for Christmas?
No not yet! I do plan to make December a month of “giving back” though.

Many won’t know that on Mother’s Day, March 2019 at the age of 38 I suffered a brain injury which led to a
condition causing an artery in my brain to tear. After a terrifying 24 hours, I was left with severe left sided
coordination and function problems which were life changing, some will be lifelong. I was unable to walk and
see properly and worried it may be permanent.

Obviously foremost I want to thank my incredibly loving partner Julian who saved my life that day and for his
unbelievable dedication to my rehabilitation. When I felt like giving up, he was at my side throughout.
My father (my wonderful cheerleader) and friends were invaluable motivators and are the reason I’m back
working and living life to the fullest again.

I’d also like to thank the Stroke Association for their assistance. I was visited at home by a dedicated nurse
and was offered mobility aids and referral teams to help get me back on my feet. This charity are excellent at
understanding younger stroke victims and the challenges that may be in the way of recovery. They offer
support but more importantly give hope and positive encouragement. Without a driven mindset, I doubt I
would have recovered as successfully. Thankfully, these days I’m back to loving my job, serving this beautiful
community, walking our dogs and relieved that I’ve regained my strength inside and out.

I will be donating £5 of each visitor’s treatment fee through December to the Stroke Association.
A donation box will also sit in the waiting room for the public who aren’t registered patients.

If you’d like to make a donation, you can visit the clinic: 81 Hopkinstown Rd, Hopkinstown, Pontypridd CF37 2PS

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