Carer Lisa prepares for mountain challenge
A member of the Continued Care team in
Harrogate is preparing to conquer Ben Nevis to mark her recovery after two
years of serious health problems.
Lisa Wilding was
just 35 when, in September 2016, she
suffered a stroke out of the blue while she was driving.
"I'd always suffered from
migraines since I was young," says Lisa. "When the stroke happened, I'd
had a headache for about nine days and I really wasn't feeling well, but I
thought it was just a bad migraine."
Lisa suffered a stroke at the
wheel, writing off her car, and was rushed to hospital for urgent treatment. As
investigations into the cause of her stroke continued, doctors discovered a
tumour in her heart, leading Lisa to undergo open heart surgery in early 2017.
"You don't expect something
like that to happen at my age," said Lisa. "I'm so glad they found
the tumour and they could remove it, although they don't think it was linked to
the stroke – they still don't know what caused that."
Following her illness, Lisa
suffered with anxiety and was nervous about coming back to work with us. However, we were keen to give her all the support she needed to return, and since she came back part time in January 2018 her
confidence has really grown.
"I'd only been working here about three months when I had my stroke, so I didn't expect my job to be
waiting for me when I was ready to go back," she says. "I couldn't
have asked for more support from an employer. They really cared about my health
and helped me to get back to work steadily when I was well enough."
As part of her recovery, Lisa
began walking more and developed a love of the outdoors. Now, she's putting her
hobby to the test by climbing Ben Nevis, raising
money for the British Heart Foundation to fund further research into cases like
She'll be joined by her partner,
Simon Lovell, and the pair have set a target of raising £400 for the charity.
Their funds have been boosted by a contribution of £100 from Continued Care.
Director Samantha Harrison says:
"We were all very shocked to hear how seriously ill Lisa was, so it's
wonderful now to see her back at work and doing so well.
"We support all our staff
when they take on challenges for good causes and when we heard Lisa was
planning to climb Ben Nevis we all wanted to contribute.
"The British Heart
Foundation does a lot of good work not just for people like Lisa but for many
of our clients and other members of the Harrogate community living with a wide
range of heart problems. We're proud to support Lisa to raise money for them
and wish her all the best for her walk."
To donate to Lisa's fundraising,