A stroke at any age can be devastating, but the condition is particularly cruel when it hits people of working age. Many survivors are unable to return to work as a result of their stroke and are often forced to cope with a fall in income, increased household bills and a benefits system that fails to fully understand the impact of their condition. Despite this, too many people aged between 20 and 64 still don't think that a stroke will happen to them.
In the time it takes to read this, someone in the UK would have had a stroke. Stroke is cruel. It can rob you of your speech, your ability to walk, your memory, your independence and your dignity - all in the blink of an eye. Twice as many women die from stroke than breast cancer and the condition kills more men than prostate and testicular cancer combined.