A Burston mother who suffered a number of strokes which left her unable to speak says she has “transformed” her life — and has lost nearly six-and-a-half stone in the process.
Charly Hunt had her life turned upside down in January 2007 when, aged just 18, she suffered her first stroke. As well as affecting her speech, the episode left her weak down one side, and unable to use her left hand.
Miss Hunt had another three strokes, with doctors diagnosing her with the rare condition cerebral vasculitis — the inflammation of blood vessels in the brain.
“I was overweight, unhappy, I’d accepted I would be fat for the rest of my life,” she said.“I was horrible to be around.”
Sinking into depression, a big milestone came in June 2014 when she joined the Diss Slimming World Group.
Initially unsteady on her feet and needing her mother and carer, Lisa, to support her on and off the scales, she lost a six-and-a-half pounds in her first week, hit ten 10 per cent loss in fifteen weeks, and has, overall, dropped from a size 26 to a 14.
She is proof that whatever illnesses, conditions and life throws at us that if you are prepared to make the changes to your lifestyle that you can reap the rewards
Despite the stroke leaving Miss Hunt unable to speak, she takes full part in the group’s Image Therapy sessions each week, and, due to only being able to use one hand to sign, herself and Lisa have developed their own special sign language to communicate with the group.
Group consultant Jane Aldous told the Diss Express: “I remember when Charly enquired about joining, she advised that she was disabled and had lots of health issues, and when she enquired if I could help I’d thought I’d say yes — I advised her just to just come along, that any disability or medical condition didn’t need to hold her back, and it hasn’t.
“She is proof that whatever illnesses, conditions and life throws at us that if you are prepared to make the changes to your lifestyle that you can reap the rewards.”