Councillor nominated for Life After Stroke award

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Councillor nominated for Life After Stroke award
8th December, 2016
Cllr Mukesh Malhotra (LB Hounslow), member and supporter of INS has been nominated for an award at this year’s UK Life After Stroke Awards.
Cllr Malhotra said: “I am extremely pleased and honoured to have been nominated in the Life After Stroke Awards. I don’t feel I’m doing anything out of the ordinary; I am just trying to pay back the support and help I received from the Integrated Neurological Services (INS) in Twickenham, as well as the support from my links in Rotary and the work I have been facilitating with the Stroke Association.”
Cllr Malhotra’s story:
“I never had high blood pressure, I didn't smoke, I didn't drink; however, reflecting back, I wasn't the best person in terms of looking after myself and my health. I travelled the world as part of my job, but although it meant staying in some of the best hotels, eating in some of the finest restaurants and flying First / Business class, it also meant travelling at odd times of the day and night, eating meals at odd hours and not getting enough rest.  Looking back, these may have been contributing factors.
The first time I had a stroke, I was lucky in that my son, who is a doctor, was at home as he had finished his night shift. He spotted what was happening and after confirming if was a stroke, he took me to the hospital and called ahead to say we were coming.  Throughout the episode, he never told me I was having a stroke.
At the hospital, the clock was ticking and I needed to have the right diagnosis and treatment within four hours, which meant everything was done extremely quickly to ascertain whether I had a bleed or a possible clot.  It was a clot, and I was offered a new experimental drug, although there was no guarantee it would work.  I was fortunate in that I took the drug and within a few days many of my faculties returned. Eventually, after nearly six months, I tried to return to work in a phased manner, which I did. Then another stroke hit me!
The second time around, my wife recognised the signs. The hospital was advised and they were ready to receive me and I was fast-tracked and received the same drug as before. This stroke had a big impact, leaving him with aphasia – a communication disability which can make it difficult to speak and understand during the first week. I received help from INS and the Stroke Association communication support programmes which helped me regain most of my speech.
I still have a weakness on my left side and am not as fast as I used to be in most things. My wife and family, including my Rotary friends, have been many of the reasons I became involved in further volunteering as a way of giving back to the organisation which supported me through these difficult times.
I will keep volunteering because I know how much INS and the Stroke Association helps people affected by stroke. Life After Stroke has opened a number of doors for me and has enabled me to work with INS and The Stroke Organisation with a different perspective. I would help fundraiser for INS in the past; these days, I share my story to inspire others, and I continue to organise Stroke Awareness Days and Know Your Blood Pressure Days.”