Scots dad who had two strokes months aside after one fish supper too many warns over the hazard of an unhealthy way of life.
The Daily Record report that Jay Johnson was aged simply 44 when he had his first stroke and now admits that till then he had thought little about his poor food plan.
Now on Stroke Prevention Day, he’s telling his story after being left blind and mind broken after his strokes.
Jay says he lives within the hope that others will enhance their food plan and way of life to keep away from the killer situation after studying his story.
His first stroke was attributable to hypertension after years of an unhealthy way of life and food plan.
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Jay stated: “Once I was 21, I solely weighed seven stone, so I assumed I might eat something I wished. I cherished fish suppers.
“If I might discuss to my 18-year-old self, I’d inform myself to sensible up. Earlier than my stroke I didn’t have a clue an unhealthy lifestyle might trigger a stroke.
“I by no means need to run the danger of getting one other stroke. That’s the reason I’ve made way of life modifications and it’s making me really feel like a happier, higher particular person.”
His poor way of life took maintain at 19, after the homicide of his dad Marvyn, 38, a part-time soldier who was shot useless by the IRA in Belfast.
His unhealthy food plan worsened as he nursed his earlier fiancee, Julie Cooke, via her battle with most cancers.
When she died, a month earlier than their wedding ceremony, he was so brokenhearted his poor relationship with meals continued.
Simply 5 months after Julie’s demise, he suffered his first stroke whereas chatting to a good friend on FaceTime.
He stated: “My speech was actually slurred, as if I used to be drunk, and my good friend advised me to go to mattress. I stood to go to mattress, my left leg buckled and I fell.
“I attempted to make use of my left arm to push myself up however there was no energy in it. I shuffled myself off to mattress utilizing my proper arm and leg to crawl alongside the ground. It was horrifying.”
He made a partial restoration however suffered a second stroke 11 weeks later, a fortnight after he had participate in a 5k run – in opposition to physician’s recommendation.
This time it was extra severe, leaving him blind and with mind injury which causes him to be irritable and overly emotional.
Jay, now 48, who lives close to Dunfermline, Fife, has slowly bought his life again on observe after the strokes in 2018.
He has taken up disabled darts and can stroll down the aisle in August to marry fiancee Sarah Thomson.
However he admitted his quick meals habit was a recipe for catastrophe.
However having swapped takeaways for wholesome consuming, and along with his information canine Bailey by his facet, he now has renewed confidence.
And he’s now embarking on a global sports activities profession, taking part in darts and is working in the direction of a UK Paralympic staff place taking part in goalball – a staff sport designed particularly for athletes with a imaginative and prescient impairment.
John Watson, Affiliate Director Scotland on the Stroke Affiliation stated: “A stroke occurs within the mind, the management centre for who we’re and what we will do. It might occur at any time and at any age and might be devastating.
“We all know not all strokes are avoidable, however as many as 9 out of ten strokes could possibly be prevented as they’re linked to issues you’ll be able to change or handle.
“We all know that it isn’t all the time simple, so choose one thing that’s manageable for you. Intention to keep it up for an preliminary three months and, if you are able to do that, you’re extra more likely to type an everyday behavior.”
As a primary step, the Stroke Affiliation needs individuals to make one small change to scale back their danger of stroke.
These can embrace even small modifications like altering your food plan to incorporate much less salt, exercising extra, consuming extra fruit and greens or consuming much less alcohol which might make an actual distinction.