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TO HAVE A STROKE

This condition can occur at any age, not just in the elderly. Berni Cooper, 35, from Wakefield, explains how she’s put her life back together after having a stroke five years ago

WHAT IT FEELS LIKE…

The morning started like any other Wednesday. My husband Chris had just gone to work, and I had the day off from my job as a police officer, so was at home with my son, James, then 14 months old. I was getting dressed and bent to put my shoe on. When I stood up, I felt faint and crashed to the floor.

James started crying when he saw me. I couldn’t get up. My left arm felt like it didn’t belong to me. When I picked it up with my right hand, it flopped back to the floor. I realised I was paralysed from my shoulder all the way down my left-hand side. I was exhausted, weak and so terrified I couldn’t even cry.

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Discover a #BodyofKnowledge in the October/November edition of healthy magazine, in which we reveal the results of our Body MOT reader survey. In light of Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, we also talk to three women about their very different experiences of the disease. Plus, we explore the world's best natural beauty secrets from Australia to South Korea, and take a fresh look at the 'F' word (fat, that is!). As the seasons change, keep your health and happiness on track with the new digital issue of healthy.