Magic: Stroke Rehab
Just knowing there’s something I’m doing that’s going to help me, that’s a big relief to me. Initially it was a bit of a shock doing magic for your arm, but you can concentrate on the activity rather than on using your arm, which is quite nice. You use it almost without thinking. When I first came round the therapy was all about making cups of tea, a piece of toast. Doing that you felt a bit patronised… whereas doing magic you feel as if you’re developing yourself, as opposed to revisiting old ground. There’s no stigma attached to your disability when you’re with a group of people who’ve been through disability themselves.
Donal, 49 – Breathe Magic Stroke Rehab Programme participant