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“After learning I had stroke, I was determined to get well again”

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Terence Ang, is a stroke survivor and author who uses his story to educate and raise public awareness of stroke, here he shares his story with SR Times.

SR Times: Tell us Terence, what was life like pre-stroke?

TA: “Pre-stroke, I was a hard-hitting corporate head who brooked no nonsense from my staff. I loved my work, worked hard and played hard. And was seemingly in the pink of health.”

SR: What can you remember about your stroke?

TA: “The stroke happened out of the blue. I came home after dinner and just before showering, I suddenly slumped to the floor. Next thing I remember upon waking, I was in the hospital and I remember wondering what was going on.”

SR: What could you feel?

“I felt unable to move or respond verbally. My mind was totally blank; I wanted to express myself but was not able to.”

SR: What was your recovery process like?

“I spent three months in the hospital. The first two months, I only wanted to see family members and refused other visitors. I could not talk nor was I aware of my condition, and thought I would be discharged back to normal life within two, three weeks.

“After learning I had stroke, I was determined to get well again and began going for different therapy sessions with gusto.”

SR:How has stroke affected your everyday life?

“I missed working life. During the first two years, I felt helpless at first. I vented my anger and frustration by writing, and completing my first book, A Cry in the Dark, proved to be a positive release for me. 

“When I took on the challenge of speaking at last year’s World Stroke Congress, it was after making the decision to step up by convincing myself that I could do it despite my physical and mental challenges. 

“The enthusiastic response to my first book and my involvement with the World Stroke Congress exposed me to many other stroke survivors with their personal stories.”

SR: What do you do now?

“Just published my second book, Emerging from the Dark, and am working on other writing projects. I also intend to start a community of stroke patients, survivors and caregivers for the benefit of everyone.”

SR: Do you think there is a stigma against young people and stroke?

“Not so much stigma but just being conscious of strangers giving me funny looks because they are trying to process what is my problem.

“People in general still don’t have much idea or information about stroke. My books are therefore meant to educate and raise public awareness.”

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