Busy mum, 66 battling back after stroke

Anna Colvin and physio Michael Lee.
Anna Colvin and physio Michael Lee.
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A keen cyclist from Sheffield who was barely able to crawl across her bedroom after being hit by a debilitating stroke is back in the saddle again.

Anna Colvin, aged 66, from Broomhall, lost the use of the entire left side of her body when she fell ill.

Hospitalised for weeks, Anna lost all of her muscle strength and could not carry out everyday tasks or enjoy her regular bike rides, walks and swims.

And when she suffered a back injury after falling downstairs at home, Anna decided it was time to take action and visited Michael Lee, a physiotherapist at the Mi.To Therapy clinic, in Millhouses.

“Just before my stroke I was juggling three jobs and looking after my three children which was a challenge for me,” said Anna.

“It was a stressful time, but I had always been a physically active person so it was a major shock for the whole family when I suffered the stroke.

“Not being able to get in and out of bed, walk or carry out simple tasks without help was extremely frustrating. My whole life had changed in the space of a week and I felt helpless to do anything about it.

“When I fell down the stairs it was the final straw. I knew I had to start taking my rehabilitation more seriously and focus on getting back on my bike.”

She added: “The progress I’ve made over the last seven months is incredible. I’m now able to walk a mile and a half and my next target is to start riding a bike again.”

Anna, who suffered her stroke in 2000, first visited Michael last year.

The physiotherapist, who has worked with Sheffield United and Sheffield Steelers, said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with Anna. Her sheer determination to be mobile has fuelled the energy for her treatment and rehabilitation.

“She works incredibly hard and the results are a testament to her success.

“Now that we have surpassed her expectations, she can run independently with great stability and strength.”