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Sharon Jeans from the Rolle Medical Partnership will be running the Great West Run to raise money for the Stroke Association, collecting tins for those who wish to donate are situated at the Claremont Grove practice. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9807-39-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
An Exmouth mother is taking on the Great West Run to raise funds for the Stroke Association, after suffering a stroke herself last year.
Sharon Jeans, 43, a receptionist at the Rolle Medical Partnership, is also taking on the challenge to raise awareness both for stroke sufferers, and for members of the public, who may one day be in a position to save someone’s life by recognising the early signs of an attack.
Sharon’s own battle began on the afternoon of May 19 last year, and started out with nothing more than a tingling in her cheek.
She continues: “I ignored it and carried on doing the housework. At around 5.30pm, I started to feel very hot and faint, and took the decision to lie down. At that point, I’m not actually sure if I fell asleep or passed out.
“At 6.45pm, I awoke and spoke to my son who said I looked strange. I tried to sit up straight, only to find myself keep falling to the left. I realised that something wasn’t quite right.
“By the time the ambulance arrived my face was drooping, my speech was slurred and I had no control over my left side.”
After a week in hospital, supported by the doctors, nurses and physiotherapists at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital stroke unit, Sharon was allowed home, and has now made a full recovery.
“I received lots of information from The Stroke Association and also from a social network group called Different Strokes.
“Both helped me to increase my understanding on the causes and symptoms of stokes, and also how to carry on living in the aftermath of suffering from one.”
The 13.1-mile Great West Run takes place in Exeter on October 13.
To sponsor Sharon, visit www.justgiving.com/Sharon-Jeans1.
There are also still a limited number of places left to enter the run. To apply, visit www.thegreatwestrun.co.uk.